Verna B. Foster

Verna B. Foster, age 72, Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Christian Care Center of Unicoi County. She is a daughter of the late Taylor and Lassie Miller Buchanan.

Verna was a native of Burnsville before moving to Erwin in 1968. She was a member of South Side Free Will Baptist Church.

Verna retired from the United States Forestry Service in 2008 after thirty years of service. The family would like to thank the retired men of the  United States Forestry Service, Engineering Department for all they did for Verna and her family over the years.

Verna loved to shop! She enjoyed getting on Face Book and calling her family and friends daily on the phone to talk. She loved going camping with her late husband.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight years, Melvin Dean Foster on April 22, 2017; father-in-law, Reverend Vanas Foster and sister-in-law, Madalyn Foster.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one daughter, Diana Willis (Steve); one granddaughter, Madison Mikala Willis, all of Unicoi; one brother, Howard Buchanan (Louise), Unicoi; three sisters: Vadith Blankenship (Phil), Burnsville, Jean May (Dennis), Unicoi, Betty Anglin (Martin), Jonesborough; mother-in-law, Nan Foster; two brothers-in-law: Pierson Foster, and Dale Foster (Kathy), all of Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 3:00 P.M. funeral service. Private burial will be held in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Verna to: South Side Free Will Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1313 Chestoa Pike, Erwin, TN 37650

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Foster family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Foster family.  (423) 743-1380.

Mamie G. Boone

Mamie G. Boone, age 90, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Center on Aging and Health. A native of Bakersville, NC, Mamie is a daughter of the late William R. and Sarah (Street) Garland.  She and her husband, Jimmie F. Boone, owned and operated Boone Cleaners for 30 years and had Boone’s Farm in Limestone Cove for 25 years.  She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church.  In addition to her parents and spouse, Mamie is preceded in death by five brothers: Nathan, Zebbeddee, Fred, Floyd and Joe Garland; three sisters: Ethel Edwards, Blanche Cline and Pansy Garland.

Mamie G. Boone leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Daughter: Brenda Helton and husband, Michael;

Grandson: Gregory Helton and wife, Charity;

Great-granddaughter: Ashleigh Helton;

Several nieces and nephews.

Per Mamie’s wishes, a private ceremony will be held for the family at a later date.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Mamie G. Boone through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Sara Jean Byrd

Sara Jean Byrd, age 71, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Christian Care Center of Unicoi County.  A native of Jonesborough, Sara is a daughter of the late Woodard “W.W.” and Eva (Searcey) Byrd. She was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church for more than 40 years.  She enjoyed word search books, working puzzles and spending time with her family.  In addition to her parents, Sara is preceded in death by her sister, Louise Ferguson and her brother Kenneth Byrd.

Sara Jean Byrd leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: Anna Pate, of Erwin;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Caris Healthcare and Keith Whitson, CNA at Unicoi County Hospital.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sara Jean Byrd in a graveside committal service to be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Roselawn Memory Gardens.  Reverend Charlie Foster will officiate.  Those who wish to attend will meet at Roselawn Memory Gardens by 2:50 pm for the service. Pallbearers will be notified.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends Sara Jean Byrd through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Bertha J. Padgett

Bertha J. Padgett, age 85, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Unicoi County Hospital. A native of Erwin, Bertha is a daughter of the late Mack and Lola Ayers.  She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and cooking.  Bertha loved her grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, Bertha is preceded in death by two daughters: Robin Padgett Smith and Lisa Padgett McInturff.

Bertha J. Padgett leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: Alan Padgett, of Knoxville,

Steven Padgett of, Erwin;

Six grandchildren;

Three great-grandchildren.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Bertha J. Padgett in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Dr. Fred Miller will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM and will continue until service time on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will follow the funeral in Roselawn Memory Gardens.  Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 2:00 PM to go in procession.  Serving as active pallbearers will be Alan McInturff, Aaron McInturff, Landon Smith, Logan Smith, Tyler Padgett and John Padgett.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Bertha J. Padgett through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

William G. Holycross

William G. Holycross, 74, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2019, at his home in Jonesborough, TN. A full obituary may be viewed at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Jean Duncan Bailey

Jean Duncan Bailey, age 79, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Christian Care Center of Unicoi County.  A native of Erwin, Jean is a daughter of the late James A. and Jewel (Thomas) Duncan. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was a former nursery teacher and co-founder of the Parent’s Day Out program where she kept children two days a week. She enjoyed decorating for the holidays, with Easter, Halloween, and Christmas being her favorite. She also enjoyed collecting bears and angels, as well as spending time with her grandchildren. She made several trips with her husband to South Carolina to pick and deliver peaches. She uplifted those around her by sending cards and handkerchiefs on various special occasions. She averaged 400 cards per year.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bailey is preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bailey, Jr.

Jean Duncan Bailey leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: James Lester Bailey of Erwin,

Charles “Chip” Bailey and wife Lori of Erwin,

Keith Bailey and wife Kim of Jonesborough;

Grandchildren: Ashley Lyons and husband Wayne,

Brandon Bailey,

Bradley Bailey,

Connor Bailey,

Step-grandson: Bryan Ledford and wife Britney:

Sister-in-law: Beverly Bailey Britt.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Jean Duncan Bailey in a funeral service to be held at Valley Funeral Home on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8:00pm, with Pastor Doug Hinshaw officiating. A visitation period will be held from 6:00pm and will continue until service time on Monday. Vocal selections will be provided by Wayne Lyons. A committal service will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend will meet by 1:50pm on Tuesday at Evergreen Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Bailey, Bradley Bailey, Connor Bailey, and Wayne Lyons

The family request memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the First Baptist Church of Erwin Building Fund, 200 Love Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Jean Duncan Bailey through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Jo Ann Miller

Jo Ann Miller, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at The Center on Aging and Health.  Born in Salem, Kentucky, Jo Ann is a daughter of the late Joseph Burnett and Louise (Moss) Ryan.  Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and she loved sewing, baking, and reading. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, and had formerly been a long time member of First Baptist Church of Erwin where she taught Sunday school. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, L. O. “Bird Dog” Miller in 1999, an infant son, Daniel Owen in 1962 and two younger brothers, David S. Ryan and Michael B. Ryan.

Jo Ann Miller leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Nancy Griffith and her husband Jeff of Erwin, Tennessee;

Lea Ann Rodriguez and her husband Santiago of Old Hickory, Tennessee;

Grandchildren:  Miranda Griffith of Erwin, Tennessee;

Christy Griffith and boyfriend Leon Dover of Erwin, Tennessee;

Jacob, Owen, and Julian Rodriguez, all of Old Hickory, TN;

Special friend who she loved like a daughter: Joyce Peterson and her family of Erwin, Tennessee.

She also leaves behind a host of loving relatives and friends.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Charles Miller and his staff and to Avalon Hospice, especially Meghan and Pandora.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Jo Ann Miller in a graveside committal service to be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Those attending the committal service will go in procession to the cemetery following the visitation period.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Avalon Hospice Agency and/or The Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, in loving memory of Jo Ann.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Jo Ann Miller through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Nicholas Myron Tenney

Nicholas Myron Tenney, age 57, Unicoi, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at the Cleveland Clinic after a courageous battle with cancer. He lived most of his life in Unicoi County.

Nicholas was of the Protestant Faith. He was Valedictorian of his eighth grade class at Hudson Elementary. During this time, he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Hodgkin Lymphoma. Nicholas continued all his studies and schooling courageously during this time.

He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS degree in Education with a minor in Music. Nicholas was an accomplished pianist in classical music. He taught Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL. Nicholas was most recently publishing books. He was a book author and the name of his book was entitled “Epistle to Mankind”.

Nicholas was a very talented Chess player and enjoyed playing Chess on the internet with people all over the world. His memory and spelling skills were impeccable.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, Mahlon and Joan Beryl Charman Tenney; two brothers: Mahlon Tenney, Jr., Johnson City and Romaine Tenney, Knoxville; one sister, Coralee Tenney, Unicoi; two nephews: Charles Gilbert, II and Shaun Tenney; one niece, Vanessa Webster.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until the hour of service on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dallas Gregg will officiate at the 2:00 P.M. funeral service. Committal service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations be made in  memory of Nicholas to help defer funeral expenses to: Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650.     

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Tenney family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Tenney family.  (423) 743-1380.

Grady Alvin Bailey

Grady Alvin Bailey, age 97, passed away on April 20, 2019 in Erwin. Born in Puncheon Fork, NC on June 30, 1921, he was the oldest of 12 children by the late Fred and Lottie English Bailey. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 78 years, Flossie Edwards Bailey; brothers: Farris, Riley, Junior; sister, Ruth Bailey; granddaughter, Alexandria Bailey.

As a young man he started working by cross cutting timber. During this time he met his wife, Flossie, and they were married on November 23, 1940. He then went to work in a naval shipyard, welding in a Newport News, VA during WWII.

To make a better life for his family he moved to Michigan and started working at General Motors. They kept their home in Flag Pond and traveled back and forth for the 30 years he worked there until he retired in 1983.

After retirement he came back to his home in Flag Pond, TN for good and returned to his farming roots. There he and his wife raised bountiful gardens that supplied the family with years of canned goods.

Grady enjoyed fishing (especially eating them), hunting, camping, storytelling, and spending time with his family. He will live on in our hearts forever through the many stories, love, and memories that we have to pass on to generations to come.

Grady is survived by sons: Bob Fender, Dorsey, wife Blanche Bailey and Pascal, wife Karen Bailey; siblings: JB Wallen, Paul, wife Carol Ann Bailey, Joe, wife Martha Bailey, Chloia, husband, Joe Cherry, Ted Bailey, Zach, wife Jane Bailey, Bennie, wife Verna Mae Bailey; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Jerry Keasling will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Committal will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday in the Bailey Family Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 P.M. on Saturday.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Bailey family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Bailey family.  (423) 743-1380.

Fred Hoilman

Fred Hoilman, age 81, Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his residence. He was a native of Bakersville, NC before moving his family to Unicoi County in 1962. Fred was a son of the late Robert and Daisy Whitson Hoilman.

He was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church. Fred retired from American Mechanical in 2000. He also enjoyed farming his land.

Fred and his wife walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail which, he always considered one of his favorite achievements. He and his wife enjoyed many wonderful hiking trips all over the United States including one to Alaska. Fred loved to build with various types of wood throughout his home. He also built beautiful wood furniture for his home and his family.

Fred was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a very special and heartfelt thank you for the care he received from the staff of Amedisys Hospice, Silver Angels and special friend, Margaret Gardner. The family greatly appreciates the meals prepared and brought to them from their friends and neighbors during this difficult time.

Fred leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of sixty-two years, Dixie Lee Yelton Hoilman; two sons: Michael D. Hoilman, Unicoi and Jeffery T. Hoilman (Diane), Chattanooga; one daughter, Kathie Y. Hoilman, Unicoi; three sisters: Alma Pate (Reece), Spruce Pine, Georgie Bailey, Unicoi and Beulah “Jeri” Durnan, Denver; one grandson, Brandon Lewis, Unicoi; four granddaughters: Sarah Wicker, Erwin, Madison Hoilman, Franklin, Elizabeth and Caitlin Hoilman, both of Chattanooga; three great grandsons: Colt Lewis, Ethan Lewis and Charley Moore; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Garry Edwards and Chaplain Karl Gasser will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Karl Gasser and Larry Pate. Committal will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Colt Lewis, Charley Moore, Doug Hyder, Robert Gouge, Robert Corrivau and  Jim Raby.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Fred to: Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or https://parkinson.org    

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Hoilman family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi is privileged to serve the Hoilman family.  (423) 743-1380.

George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr.

George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr.

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

KNOXVILLE – George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. age 66, of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 peacefully at his residence. A native of Erwin, TN., George was the son of late George Herman Richardson and Etta Phipps Richardson. He was a dedicated servant of God’s church. He was previously an active participant at Pastor Michal Stuelpnagel’s church. He enjoyed vacationing at Hilton Head Island with his mother Etta, sister Kathy Jo, and nephew Isaac Scott Richardson. George attended Tallulah Falls Academy in Tallulah Falls, GA. where he received his high school diploma. He also attended Young Harris College for two years in Young Harris, GA.

George was stationed in Clarkesville, TN. in the Army 101st Airborne Division from 1972-76. His special army buddies included James Carpenter, Tom Kellum, Dwight Tracy, Tom Arth , Lou White, and Kevin Metcalf. In 1982 moved to Knoxville, TN., 1984 -1993 Owner and operator of George’s Amoco Service Station, 1993-1994 Knoxville Rescue Mission Counselor (Counselor) 1994-1999 Whittle Springs Golf (Course Groundskeeper), 2000-2002 Mike’s Lawn Service, 2004-2006 Carpenter’s Union (Foreman), 1994-Present the job’s he loved the most was when he played a professional Santa Claus, work included Biloxi, Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Knoxville, Tennessee (West Town Mall, several local charities and churches). George never saw a stranger and was quite comical in his realm when working with children to make them smile, 1995-Present worked as owner and operator of George’s Landscaping, logging, and mowing business.

George was preceded in death by his parents George Herman Richardson and Etta Phipps Richardson, brother Thomas Allen Richardson, maternal grandparents Will and Ethel Phipps of Johnson City, TN., and paternal grandparents George Washington and Dessie Richardson of Hartwell, GA.

George leaves behind to cherish his memory special brother-in-law and sister Rev and Mrs. Winfred J. (Kathy Jo Richardson) Shelton, and their son Isaac Scott Richardson. Surviving children: Rachael Marie Jones, Molly Jane Shipley and husband Dennis, William Scott Richardson and wife April, John Thomas Richardson and wife Charis; grandchildren: Melinda and Christian Threet, Tiffany Jones, Christian Jones, Hannah and Dakota Curran, Jeremiah Jones, Hadley Curry, Averi Waller, Luke Richardson, Caleb Richardson, Tilly Richardson and Atticus Richardson; great-grandchildren: Cecil, Adeline, Nehemiah, and Nathaniel; and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Actively involved in AA locally and was currently Secretary/Treasurer for AA for the state of TN. He loved and was very devoted to all of his special AA friends and acquaintances. His greatest accomplishment was his sobriety of 27 years and his dedication to support others who struggled with addiction. Prayfully, George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. was very Blessed, Happy, Joyous and Free!

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer respect and remembrance of the spiritual life of George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at ROSE MORTUARY BROADWAY CHAPEL 1421 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, immediately followed by a memorial service at 7:00 pm officiated by brother-in-law, Rev. Winfred J. Shelton, George’s son, John T. Richardson.

Family and friends will meet Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm at TN State Veterans Cemetery 2200 East Gov. John Sevier Hwy Knoxville, TN for a 2:00 pm interment. Full military honors will be provided by East TN State Veterans Honor Guard.

An online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.rosemortuary.com.

Clarence Lee Tipton

Clarence Lee Tipton, age 60 of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was the son of Jake and Linda Dishner Tipton, born to them on June 13, 1958 in Erwin, Tennessee. Clarence united in marriage to Freta Idol and to this union, 2 children were born.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Freta Tipton; a daughter, Lori Tipton Comstock and husband Jared; a son, Jacob Lee Tipton; Two granddaughters: Cora Lee Comstock and Quinn Marie Comstock; Two sisters: Juanita Honeycutt and husband Doug, and Bell Casey. He is also survived by a host of relatives and friends left behind to mourn his passing.

Upon his wishes, Clarence was cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mountain Empire Cremation and Burial Services is honored to serve the Tipton family.

Joyce Adkins

Joyce Adkins, age 63, of Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center.  A native of Unicoi County, Joyce is a daughter of the late Donald and Mildred (Whaley) McIntosh.  She was a member of Unicoi Church of Christ and was an Accounting Clerk at NN Ball and Roller prior to her retirement.  In addition to her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by her sisters: Jean Erwin, Donna Loatman and Brenda Steele.

Joyce Adkins has left behind to cherish her memory:

Husband of 45 years: James Adkins;

Sons: Jamie Adkins and wife, Sherry, of Brooksville, FL,

Chris Adkins;

Grandchildren: Kali Bailey and husband, Matt,

Lindsey Hughes and husband, Dustin;

Great-grandchildren: Neyland Bailey,

Landon Bailey,

Brentley Hughes,

And one more on the way;

Sister: Nancy Harris;

Brother: Ralph McIntosh;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Joyce Adkins in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Minister Tony Sayre and Minister Keith Storment will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 pm and continue until the hour of service on Sunday, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 12:30 pm to go in procession to the cemetery.  Pallbearers will be notified.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  Or you can donate online at HYPERLINK “https://secure.acsevents.org/” https://secure.acsevents.org.

Condolences and memories may also be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Joyce Adkins through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen

Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen, 81, of Erwin, TN, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Unicoi County Hospital. Born in Waukegan, IL, Bailey was the son of the late Paul and Una (Peterson) Hansen. He was a member of the VFW and Moose Club in Erwin. He is preceded in death by his wife Priscilla in June 2011. He was honorably discharged from the US Air Force Reserve.

Bailey leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter Jodi, Erwin, TN, and sons Kris Hansen of FL, and Kurt Hansen, Lafayette, CO by his former wife Karen Garland of San Jose, CA. His Step-son through Priscilla, Steve Anderson of Westbrook, ME. His brothers Eric Hansen, of Tavares, FL, Mark Hansen of Scottsdale, AZ, and Brian Hansen of Boulder, CO. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Annika Hansen by Kris Hansen. Ryan Hansen by Kurt Hansen. Bailey, Blair, Sydney and Jake Gartley by Jodi Gartley, and Erin, Elyssa and Cassaudra by Steve Anderson.

Bailey graduated from Waukegan Township High school in 1955. Soon after graduation he joined Commonwealth Edison as a meter reader and later as a lineman for most his 35 years with ComEd. At the time of his retirement he was a facility manager at Zion Nuclear Power Plant.

After his retirement he moved to Erwin, TN where he and Priscilla built their lovely home. Most of the construction was done by Bay. In their basement there was a large work area to work on his cars and motorcycles, as well as a complete woodworking shop. His carvings large and small are known throughout the country and Austria where he attended advanced woodcarving school. Bay understood a piece wood like Michelangelo understood a piece of marble. There was a figure in the wood that he exposed and brought to life. He loved to give his carvings to friends and family. Some of his carvings won national recognition, including a life-size carousel horse.

Bay enjoyed the outdoors immensely, especially the mountains and oceans. He enjoyed hunting in the Rocky Mountains, frequently bagging his limit of deer and elk. He loved travel, adventure, fast cars and motorcycles. Bay could fix anything that ran on gas or electricity. He made his own tools and knives.

Bay was a hard worker with a strong will to complete what ever he started. Bay was available to help whenever anyone needed help, wanted nothing in return. Bailey was a master story teller which always held the attention to all those in his presence. He was a strong and loyal friend to many and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Unicoi County Animal shelter, 185 North Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Zion, IL

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton, age 64, of Unicoi, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  A native of Erwin, Connie is a daughter of the late Cecil and Daisy Mary (Roberts) Woodby.  She was of the Baptist Faith, and a former member of Unicoi Baptist church, but currently attended Omega Baptist Church.  When she was younger, Connie worked for Redcap as a seamstress, but more recently was an employee of Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, where she was a Corrections Officer and Cook.  She loved flowers.  In addition to her parents, Connie is preceded in death by: husband of 45 years, Eddie Kenneth Dayton; brothers: Jerry Woodby and Steve Woodby; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Dayton and Bill Oliver; son-in-law: Mark Edwards.

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Special friend: Gary Whitson;

Daughter: Kim Dayton Edwards;

Son: Matt Dayton;

Grandchildren: Whitney Dayton,

Kayden Dayton,

Noah Dayton;

Sisters: Katherine Oliver,

Angela Dayton.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton in a memorial service to be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Unicoi Baptist Church. Reverend Darrell Edwards will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Jamie Smith.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 3:00 PM and continue until service time on Sunday.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Thomas John Michaud, II

Thomas John Michaud, II age 79, Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Four Oaks Health Care. He is a son of the late Thomas John Michaud and Joanna Naydan Michaud.

Thomas was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a retired Truck Driver.

Also, Thomas was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Jerico Temple.

He loved his great granddaughter, Zelda Rose very much.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Michaud on March 20, 2005; his first wife and the mother of his children, Shirley Sandacata.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one son, Thomas John Michaud, III,; one daughter, Liz Staffa, all of Erwin; three grandchildren and one great  granddaughter.

Thomas requested to be cremated.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Michaud family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Michaud family.  (423) 743-1380.

Theresa Jane Holiwski

Theresa Jane Holiwski, age 88, of Erwin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Hoboken, New Jersey and a daughter of the late Guy and Mary Margaret Shortt DeMarco. Theresa moved to Unicoi County with her husband, Jack in 1994.

She retired from New York Public School System where she was employed as a Crossing Guard for many years. Theresa was a very active and dedicated member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was very involved in the adopted grandparent program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Theresa worked very diligently to help bring the Catholic Church to Unicoi County. Her joyful work for St. Michael was seen and heard all throughout the community. Theresa’s energy and enthusiasm was shared with everyone, everywhere she went.

Theresa was a very active member of Clinchfield Senior Citizens Center. She was an avid volunteer for the Center on Aging and Health. Theresa’s stories and life lessons she so loved to share will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her smile, joyful, sweet but to the point attitude brought many smiles and laughter to all who knew her. Theresa never met a stranger!

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandparent, friend and church member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, John “Jack” Holiwski on January 10, 2017; two brothers, Guy DeMarco and Robert Dale DeMarco; two sisters: Delores Collelouri and Juanita Rocco.

Theresa leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters: Margaret “Maggie”  LoBue, Erwin and Jean Bifano, Westfield, New Jersey; two sons: Frank Holiwski, Atlanta and John Holiwski, New Jersey; one sister, Rosemary Thomson; four grandchildren: Nicholas Tanzi (Kristine Sabia), Joseph Tanzi (Ali Abella), Michael Bifano and Leora Holiwski; three great grandchildren: Joseph Shea Tanzi, Olivia Kathryn Tanzi and Thomas Anthony Tanzi; several nieces, nephews and numerous friends also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Father Tom Charters will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:45 P.M. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made in memory of Theresa Holiwski to: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Building Fund, 657 N. Mohawk Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.     

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Holiwski family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Holiwski family.  (423) 743-1380.

Gene Ramsey

If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing; but if you meet JESUS  CHRIST and forget Him, you have lost everything. Where you are going is much more important than where you have been. John 3:16 & 14:6, 1st John 1:9, Romans 10:9 & 12:11

Gene Ramsey, age 80, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Unicoi County Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Sankey and Audrey Bennett Ramsey.

Gene was a United States Army Veteran. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Master Marksman M-14 Medal. He was employed at Hoover Ball for fifteen years prior to starting his trucking business. Gene owned and operated his trucking business for twenty years.

He was very involved and a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church. Gene was a member of the Regular Fellows Sunday School Class. He enjoyed being the Greeter at church. Also, he drove the Seniors Group at Calvary to special outings and events. He was born again thirty years ago in May 1988. Gene loved Jesus with all his heart and shared his faith with joyful enthusiasm! He had special cards printed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and loved handing them out to everyone he met. One of Gene’s favorite hymns, which he requested every Sunday night was #407, “Because He Lives”.

He was a member of Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Gene was a member of Jericho Shrine Temple and loved raising money to help the children’s hospital.

Gene was an avid and very passionate Tennessee Vols fan. He loved his Unicoi County Blue Devils and enjoyed attending all sporting events over the years. Gene would take a load of watermelons to share with the football players.

He had a huge, generous and genuinely caring heart. Gene never met a stranger and couldn’t wait to greet you with a smile, handshake or hug. He loved his community and supported various fundraisers and charity events.

Gene loved giving everyone advice, and more advice, and more advice! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his words of wisdom will be cherished for generations to come. To know Gene Ramsey was to love Gene Ramsey, he was truly one of a kind.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Ramsey and one nephew, Ricky Ramsey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving, devoted and patient wife of fifty-seven and a half years, Sally Bradford Ramsey; one daughter, Amy Ramsey Reed, Erwin; two grandsons: Raben and Boone Reed; one brother, Jerel Ramsey (Phyllis), Blountville; several nieces and nephews; also surviving, two daughters: Trish Ramsey, Clarksville, Lisa Street, Telford and their children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor David Crutchfield and Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. celebration of Gene’s life. Music will be provided by Calvary Baptist Church. Masonic Rites will be rendered by Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Pallbearers will be Alan Rogers, Doug Cooper, Kevin Ramsey, Mark Peterson, Mark Ramsey and David Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Regular Fellows Sunday School Class, Jerry Ramsey, Tommy Bennett, Jerry Bennett and Ronnie Bennett. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Gene to one of his favorite charities: Shriners Hospital For Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or www.lovetotherescue.org

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ramsey family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Ramsey family.  (423) 743-1380.

Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger

Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger, age 27, of Johnson City, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at his home.  A native of Unicoi County, TC is a son of Terry Lynn and Lisa Gaye Clevenger.  He was a 2010 graduate of Unicoi County High School.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University on May 5, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Information Technology.  TC attended Lyons Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.  He was employed as an Operations Support Coordinator at Home Shopping Network in Piney Flats. He enjoyed computers, video games, reading, being outdoors and working with his hands.  He also had an avid interest in firearms and marksmanship.  TC is preceded in death by: his paternal grandmother, Ruby Clevenger; paternal grandfather, Grover Clevenger; maternal grandfather, Tom Adkins; and uncle, Mike Adkins

TC Clevenger has left behind to cherish his memory:

Parents: Terry and Lisa Clevenger;

Brother: Joshua Banks;

Nanny: Betty Falk;

Uncles: Tommy Adkins and wife, Patty,

David Adkins and wife, Kim;

Aunts: Tina Hopson and husband, Jerry,

Sherri Cable and husband, Dale;

Special cousins: Haley Peterson and husband, Josh,

Caleb Adkins,

Dylan Cable;

Numerous loving cousins.

The family will offer tribute and remember the life of TC Clevenger in private services.

Condolences and memories may also be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Sally Strickland

Sally Strickland, age 79, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Sebring, OH, Sally is a daughter of the late Robert Earl Court and Dorothy Louise (Froshey) Dickson.  She previously worked at Goober’s Restaurant and Industrial Garment/Red Cap and is a member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church, having joined in 1982.  Sally dearly loved her grandchildren.  She was considered the World’s Greatest Mom by her children.  She enjoyed reading, working on her IPad and working crossword puzzles.  Sally always had a smile on her face.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: her brother, Robert “Ed’ Court; sister, Kay Ann “Sissy” Court; father of her children, Robert “Bob” Strickland; son, Randy Strickland; grandson, Randy Foster; granddaughter, Sandie Foster Baucom; and son-in-law, John Hensley.

Sally Strickland leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: Kathy Ford and husband, John, of Erwin

Sons: Tim Strickland and wife, Tracy, of Maryville,

Steve Strickland and wife, Tonya, of Friendsville;

Daughters: Lori Franklin and husband, Alan, of Erwin,

Judy Hensley, of Kingsport,

Donna Foster and husband, Marshall, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Annie Fishbaugh, of Jonesborough,

Joe and Glenn Foster, of Erwin,

Heather Davidson, of Kingsport,

Gregory and Whitlee Franklin, of Erwin,

Tianna Kelley and husband, Mark, of Louisville,

Tabitha and Stephan Strickland, of Friendsville,

Tyler, Makayla and Peyton Strickland, of Maryville,

Christina Wininger and husband, Michael, of Kingsport;

Several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nursing staff at Johnson City Medical Center for their loving care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sally Strickland in a funeral service to be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church.  Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 and will continue until service time at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church.  A committal service will be held in Martin Creek Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 8, 2019.  Doctor Scott Linginfelter will officiate.  Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:15 AM to go in procession.  Serving as active pallbearers will be: Eddie Court, Terry Court, Jimmy Padgett, David True, Joe Foster, Gregory Franklin, Dakota Foster and Tyler Strickland.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Anders and Glenn Foster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church, Mission Projects, 910 Hoback Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Sally Strickland through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.