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.

Buster Lynn Laughren

Buster Lynn Laughren age 63 of Erwin TN passed away on February 22, 2019 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Lifelong resident of Unicoi County, he was the son of the late Fred and Betty Sue Sweeney Laughren. Buster was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church for many years. He was also a member of Southside Fire Dept. where he held the title of Chaplain. Buster was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend to all. He never met a stranger and had a true gift of laughter and joy and the ability to brighten anyone’s day. He will be truly missed. Left behind to cherish his memory are:

Brother and Sister In Law: Danny and Sandra Laughren
Sons: Brian, Christopher, and Brandon Laughren
Daughters In Law: Jennifer Abril, Stephanie Laughren, Andrea McCusker and Heather Sloan
Grandchildren: Richard, Jessica, Jasmine, Michael, Brayden, Kaylin and Veronica Laughren, Alexandria Reed, Connor and Kiley McCusker and Matthew Mault.
Several cousins, nieces, nephews and other special friends and family also survive.
Family and friends will be hosting a private celebration of life.

Lydia I. Edwards

Lydia I. Edwards, age 93, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Unicoi County Hospital.  A native of Poplar, NC, Lydia is a daughter of the late Martin Amos and Cora (Miller) Presnell.  She was of the Free Will Baptist Faith and she enjoyed gardening and flowers. In addition to her parents, Lydia is preceded in death by: husband of 44 years, Walter Jack Edwards; 4 brothers: Frank, Howard, Hyder and Ed; 3 sisters: Bertha, Violet and Von; special sister-in-law: Neive Presnell.

Lydia I. Edwards leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: Mike Edwards and wife, Bunny,

Doug Edwards and wife, Joy,

Dorsey Keith Edwards;

Grandchildren: Anthony Edwards and wife, Robyn,

David Edwards and wife, Melissa,

Jamie Edwards,

Sandra Butts and husband, David,

Diane Hartless and husband, Bradley,

Gaynell Hughes and husband, Nick;

15 great-grandchildren;

5 great-great-grandchildren;

Sisters: Ruby Phillips,

Betty Barnett;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lydia I. Edwards in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Stanley McMahan will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Tuesday.  A committal service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 12:30 to go in procession.  Serving as pallbearers will be Lydia’s grandsons and great-grandsons.

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 Lydia I. Edwards through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Gladys Shelton

Gladys Shelton, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at her home. A native of Flag Pond, Gladys is a daughter of the late Bonnie (Shelton) Hensley.  She formerly attended Sweetwater Church of God and was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church, where she played the piano. Gladys was employed by Morrill Motors.  She enjoyed music and played the piano and she loved gardening, sewing and crocheting. In addition to her mother, Gladys is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years: William Glenn Shelton; and her step-father: John Hensley.

Gladys Shelton leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Brothers: Robert Hensley and wife, Jane, of Flag Pond,

Lloyd Hensley, of Flag Pond;

Sisters: Barbara Dorton and husband, Jack, of Nettie, WV,

Judy Bunting, of Flag Pond,

Carolyn Barnett and husband, Danny, of Harpers Ferry, WV,

Doris Hibbard, of Roseburg, OR;

Several nieces and nephews;

Special friends: Jean Ledford;

Linda Gouge.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Gladys Shelton in a memorial service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.  Reverend Bernie Jones, Reverend Keith Tipton and Reverend Matthew Robinson will officiate.  Musical Selections will be provided by the members of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019 and will continue until service at Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.

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

J. B. Street, Jr.

J. B. Street, Jr., age 83, of Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, NC, J. B. is a son of the late Jason B. Street, Sr. and Blanche (Woody) Street.  He was a Barber as well as a Supervisor for the Upper East Tennessee region of the Tennessee Department of Transportation until he retired after 21 years of service.  J. B. was a member of Central Baptist Church and also attended Limestone Cove First United Methodist Church.  He was a member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge # 681 and a Past Master.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing Bluegrass music.  He loved his grandsons, who were the light of his life.  In addition to his parents, J. B. Street, Jr. is preceded in death by: his son, Michael Street; sister, Janie Clark; brothers: Bill and Roy Street; and infant brother: Bobby Street.

J. B. Street, Jr. leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 62 years: Phyllis Ann (Odom) Street;

Daughter-in-law: Donna Street;

Grandsons: Adam Street,

Jason Street;

Sister: Joyce L. Bromwell;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Buddy and Barbara Odom;

Niece: Cindy Odom-Higgins and husband, Michael;

Great-nephew: Alystaire;

Several other beloved nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of J. B. Street, Jr. in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Reverend Larry Wiley will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Cindy Odom-Higgins and Reverend Larry and Martha Wiley.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Bell Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30 PM to go in procession.  Serving as active pallbearers will be: David Penley, Bud Blankenship, Jerry Puckett, Gary Shipley, Frank Rogers and Michael Higgins.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Crowder, James Howell, Wayne Clark, Mike Hensley, Craig Masters and the Deacons of Central Baptist Church.

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

Jack “Carnation” Gillentine

RICHMOND, VA – Jack “Carnation” Gillentine passed away peacefully at home in Richmond, VA on February 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born on January 20, 1929, Jack was a native of Erwin, TN and just celebrated his 90th birthday in big style.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Glenda Lee Taylor Gillentine. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter, Jacque Minarik and son in-law Andrew Minarik, an adoring son Jason Gillentine and daughter in-law Chris Gillentine, grandchildren Madi, Macy, and Logan Gillentine, Jacob, Nick, and Livy Arsenault, his favorite sister and best friend Bobbie Jean Tucker, extended family, and his beloved companions Ruby and Daisy.

Jack enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII and re-enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a Korean War Veteran. He taught for over twenty-five years and was appointed supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Norfolk City Public Schools. He had a great passion for coaching youth sports and a love for children. He had a magnetic personality and was good at putting a smile on everyone’s face. He loved his hometown of Erwin and his younger sister Bobbie Jean and family. He especially loved pulling pranks with family and friends. He always put family first, caretaking for his wife Glenda and older brother Clarence until they crossed over.

There was never a job too large for Jack. Once Jack took a dare (for $5.00) to go to New York City on a bus from Erwin at just twelve years old. He stayed at a YMCA, visited the Empire State Building, and saw Count Basie who was playing during the intermission of a movie. Once he completed his adventure he called home. His dad, who worked for Clinchfield Railroad, wired a train ticket via Western Union so he could return. Jack lived his whole life with this sense of adventure. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation of a living plant that will be planted in the community garden at St. Catherine’s School, or donating to the ASPCA or Pet Peace of Mind.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2PM in Bannard Chapel at St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA.

Morris “Duke” Crane, Jr.

Morris “Duke” Crane, Jr. passed Fri, Jan 25, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Born Nov 15, 1928 in Pascagoula, MS, Duke served 9 years in the US Navy Submarine Corps serving aboard the USS Medregal (SS-480). After an honorable discharge and a brief stint in the private sector, Duke resumed his DOD government service working at Brookley Air Force Base, Mobile, AL, maintaining USAF aircraft. There he met and married Helen Wilson, also an employee at Brookley. Duke received a transfer within the DOD as a DCAS quality control representative supervising the production of military boots at Wellco, relocating his family to Ashville and onto Jonathan Creek, NC. Duke received a DOD promotion to head the QC staff at Nuclear Fuels Services in Erwin, TN, until his retirement in 1984.

Residing 32 yrs in Whispering Pines, Johnson City, TN, Duke enjoyed bonding with friends and neighbors as a UCHS band parent, an avid Elks Lodge member, an avid supporter of the Jerry Pierce Band, and as a houseboat owner / “captain” on Watauga Lake at Lakeshore Marina G-Dock. Duke and Helen moved back to AL where they enjoyed retirement years with family and friends. After the death of his wife of 54 yrs, Duke moved to The Waterford of Smyrna, TN, where he made new friends and gave his two daughters the joy of their father’s company.

Preceded in death by father Morris Crane Sr, mother Mary Estelle “Stella” (Grant), brother Richard (Sue Crane), and sister Lois (Leo Siebert). Survived by brother Robert Leslie “Les” Crane (Janet & Marilyn), daughters Debra (Ted Pedulla) & Danna (David Borders), granddaughters Kathryn & Bailey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service Sat, Feb 23, Pine Rest Funeral Home, Foley, AL. Visitation 10 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Interment to follow.

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Edwards

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Edwards, age 62, Erwin, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of Jack and Nancy Ruble Metcalf.

Debbie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker. Debbie was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Edwards.

In addition to her parents, Jack and Nancy Ruble Metcalf, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Chad Edwards; two daughters: Chastity Keasling, Shian Stewart (Derek), all of Erwin; one brother, David Metcalf (Christy), Erwin; three sisters: Judy Whitson, Donna Garland (Tony), Rena Bailey (Daniel), all of Erwin; five grandchildren: Haley Derry (Nathan), Hannah Keasling, Gavin Keasling, Kennadi Edwards and Zoey Edwards; one great grandson, Clayton Derry; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the McInturff Cemetery, Rock Creek. Reverend Jerry Keasling will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 1:45 P.M. on Saturday.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Edwards 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 Edwards family.  (423) 743-1380.

James “Harold” Rice

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7

James “Harold” Rice, age 73, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. A native of Unicoi County, Harold is a son of the late Hestle and Jessie (McCurry) Rice.  He was a member of Fishery Community Church, where he was on the Board of Trustees and was formerly a member of the administrative board.  He was also the Sexton of Fishery Community Church Cemetery.  He graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1965 where he was a member of the basketball team from 1961 – 1965.  In 1965, he was selected to be on the “All State” basketball team.  He was also on the baseball and football teams during his time at Unicoi County High School.  Harold graduated from Tusculum College in 1987, having earned his Bachelor’s Degree.  He worked for the United States Postal Service and retired as the Post Master.  Harold was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany and then in the Vietnam War.   He was an avid golfer and fisherman, a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Elks Club.  In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: J. K. and Bertie Ambrose; adoptive parents: Willis and Alta Edwards; sister: Ruth Ann Rice; brother: Gerald Rice.

James “Harold” Rice leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 46 years: Margaret (Ambrose) Rice, of Erwin;

Son: Jason Rice and fiancé, Jacey Lane, of Johnson City

Sisters: Mary Lue Wollschlager and husband, Arthur, of Seaford, DE,

Glenda Peterson, of Erwin,

Debbie Randolph and husband, Ronnie, of Erwin;

Brothers: Robert Rice, of Cumberland, MD,

Johnny Rice and wife, Brenda, of Johnson City,

David Rice and wife, Rita, of Erwin,

Ricky Rice, of Erwin;

Adoptive Sisters: Catherine Edwards Bunton and husband, Scotty, of Elizabethton,

Ellen Van Dyke and husband, Thomas, of Damascus, VA,

Julie Vanover and husband, Vic, of Concord, NC.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the VA Medical Center staff and to Dr. Tamarro Taylor, MD, 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 James “Harold” Rice in a funeral to be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Pastor Arthur Gibson will officiate.  Musical Selections will be provided by Gil Moody, Kay Norris (pianist) and Larry Pate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A committal service will be held in Fishery Community Church Cemetery on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM on Friday to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be Audie Peterson, Jr., Arthur Wollschlager, Michael Rice, Michael Allen, Larry Norris and Ryan Rice.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michele Taylor and Rusty Wishon.

In lieu of flowers, it would be Harold’s wish that memorial donations be made to Fishery Community Church, Cemetery Fund, 501 Fishery Church Road, 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 our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of James “Harold” Rice through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Robert Raymond Foster

Robert Raymond Foster, age 91, Coffee Ridge community, Erwin, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Unicoi County Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and was a son of the late Robert F. and Zula Farnor Foster.

Raymond was a US Army veteran where he proudly served during WWII as a Lineman. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and The Army Of Occupation Medal Japan.

Raymond loved the Lord, his family, and farming. He had an amazing work ethic and never sat still. He never met a stranger and was kind to everyone he met, always making friends while he sat on a bench while his family shopped. He took great pleasure in family vacations each year. He enjoyed hunting ginseng, fishing, and was an excellent marksman. He loved baseball, always supporting the Unicoi County Blue Devils and the Atlanta Braves. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Raymond retired from CE Refractories in 1997. He was a member of the Flag Pond Masonic Lodge F&AM and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Raymond was a member of the Coffee Ridge Baptist Church where he served as the church treasurer for fifteen years. He was a Trustee of the Coffee Ridge Baptist Church since 1970.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Clarence, Leonard, Calvin, and Allen Foster; one sister, Audrey Renfro; three brothers-in-law: Tommy John Pate, Oscar Renfro, Harold Higgins; four sisters-in-law: Belle Foster, Carlene Foster, Barbara Foster, and Nola Higgins.

Raymond leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of sixty-seven years, Frances McIntosh Foster; two daughters: Teresa and Bud Williams, Sherry and Roger Gaddy; one grandson, Chad and Savannah Williams; three granddaughters: Heather and Wayne Powers, Jessica and Will Swope, Heidi Willis; five great grandchildren: Chloe Powers, Corbin Powers, Brett Williams, Liam Swope, Caleb Williams; three brothers: Ernest and Margaret Foster, Denlis and Lelian Foster, Mike Foster; one sister, Betty Pate, one sister-in-law, Lana Foster, several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. Reverend Phillip Garland and Eugene Harris will officiate and Chad Williams will deliver the Eulogy at the 6:00 P.M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Chad Williams, Wayne Powers, Corbin Powers, Will Swope, Brett Williams, Michael Smith and Phillip Higgins. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Renfro, Gaylon Foster, Mark Foster, Chuck Foster, Terry Haynes, Jim Pate, Alex Foster and James Edwards. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 1, 2019 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 P.M. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Foster 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 Foster family. (423) 743-1380.

 

Betty Lois Tipton

Betty Lois Tipton, age 86, Erwin, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Unicoi County Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late B. E. Wilson Sr. and Effie Loyd Wilson. Mrs. Tipton was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist Faith and attended the Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church and Hulen Avenue Baptist Church.

Mrs. Tipton adored her granddaughter and great grandsons. She loved her family and was considered the family historian. Mrs. Tipton was a great cook, loved being outdoors, reading, sewing, and gardening. She enjoyed working in her church with the children and missions. Over the years, she cared for many children in her home. She also enjoyed working In her father’s store, B. E. Wilson Store.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Tipton on January 26, 1991; three brothers, Cecil, Paul and B. E. Wilson, Jr; three sisters, Edna Foxx, Irene Widener and Helen Monk along with several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Tipton leaves behind to cherish her memory, a daughter, Pam and Leon White, Erwin; one granddaughter, Jennifer and A. J. Higgins, Erwin; two great grandsons, Mason and Aiden Higgins. Several nieces, nephews and special friends, Brenda and David Whisnant, Beverly Baker, Kim Blankenstein and Teresa Whitson.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Reverend Robert English will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 1:00

P.M. Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:55 P.M. Thursday.

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

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

 

Clark F. Gentry

Clark F. Gentry, age 65, of Unicoi, passed away on Sunday, January 27, in Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.  A native of Erwin, Clark is a son of the late Offie and Stella (Franklin) Gentry.  He was a member of Sweetwater Church of God.  He loved his farm animals and enjoyed driving trucks, tractors and heavy equipment.  Clark was a loving husband, brother, step-father and papaw.  His grandson, Jacob, was his pride and joy.  In addition to his parents, Clark is preceded in death by his step-daughter: Marquita Watts; brother and sister-in-law: Voyd and Helen Gentry; Sister: Helen Ashby; brother-in-law: Charles Lewis.

Clark F. Gentry leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 29 years: Donna L. Gentry;

Step-son: Jimmy L. Shelton;

Grandson: Jacob Watts;

Sisters: Robbie Lewis,

June Humphrey and husband, Danny;

Brothers-in-law: David Lloyd and wife, Melissa,

Harold Lloyd and wife, Trina,

Samuel Ashby;

Sister-in-law: Louise Hensley and Mark Metcalf;

Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harold and Gladys Lloyd;

Several nieces and nephews;

Special family friends: Kathy Lloyd,

Shirley Merrill,

J. P. Shelton,

The Watts family,

Pat and Gene Wilson,

Chris Peters and Samantha Manis

Shannon Winkler.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses and staff of Johnson City Medical Center and Lakebridge Health Care Center for their kindness, love and care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Clark F. Gentry in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2019 in chapel at Sweetwater Church of God.  Reverend Craig Shelton and Reverend Winfred Shelton will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held in Ray Cemetery beginning following the 2:00 PM funeral service on Monday, February 4, 2019.  Reverend Lincoln Shelton will officiate the graveside service.  Those attending the graveside service will meet Sweetwater Church of God by 2:00 PM to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be: Lincoln Shelton, J.P. Shelton, Jimmy L. Shelton, Carroll Watts, J. B. Watts, Terry Silvers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Clark’s name to Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650 to help cover funeral expenses.

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

Johnny “Colombo” Gerald Williams

Johnny “Colombo” Gerald Williams, age 54, Flag Pond, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Flag Pond and son of the late Carmon and Vonda Lee Lloyd Williams.

He attended Sweetwater Church of God. Colombo loved to coon hunt, go fishing and ride his 4-Wheeler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ricky Williams; brother-in-law, Leon Terry, Sr.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, three brothers: Bobby Williams (Christina), Flag Pond, Boyd Williams, Erwin and Randy Williams, Bostic, VA; two sisters: Elaine Chandler (John) and Rhonda Terry, all of Mars Hill; special friend, Karen Chambers; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of his brother, Bobby Williams, 1513 Rice Creek Road, Flag Pond. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 1:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Doyle Lloyd. Interment will follow in Shelton Cemetery, Mars Hill. Pallbearers will be Carroll Watts, Leon Terry, Jr., Scott Leonard, John Chandler, Harley Dale Metcalf and Adam Blankenship.

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

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Williams 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 Williams family. (423) 743-1380.

 

Sylvia Anne (Rice) Wilson

Sylvia Anne (Rice) Wilson, age 92, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in the Center on Aging and Health. A native of Flag Pond, Sylvia is a daughter of the late Slola and Dora Rice. She attended Erwin Church of Christ and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and making wonderful peanut butter fudge. In addition to her parents, Sylvia is preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Wilson; sister, Omega Smith; brothers, Dove Rice, Love Rice and Dorsey Rice; daughter-in-law, Debra Wilson.

Sylvia Anne (Rice) Wilson has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband of 72 years: Harry Wilson, of Erwin;

Daughter: Yvonne Cox and husband Sherrill, of Winfield, IL;

Son: Harry Wilson, Jr., of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Alicia Peebles and husband John,

Tonya Lane,

Travis Wilson,

Brian Wilson;

Great-grandchildren: John Peebles,

Olivia Peebles,

Kraig Adkins,

Jayne Wilson,

Colsyn Wilson,

Bradley Wilson;

Sister: Lois Blankenship, of Erwin;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Center on Aging and Health for their love and care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sylvia Anne (Rice) Wilson in a funeral service to begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Minister Jeff Winters will officiate. A visitation period will begin at 12:00 PM and will continue until the hour of service on Saturday. A graveside committal service will be held in Roselawn Memory Gardens following the funeral. Those attending, will meet at Valley funeral home by 1:00 PM to go in procession. Pallbearers will be notified.

Condolences and memories may also 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 Sylvia Anne (Rice) Wilson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

René Hammond

Warner Robins – René Hammond joined her Heavenly Father on the evening of Tuesday, January 22, 2019. She was 57 years old.

Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on February 4, 1961, René was the only child to Ronald and Carol Sluder. She graduated from Warner Robins High School in 1979 and married, Ken, her high school sweetheart the following year. René and Ken had two children and she was blessed to be a stay at home mother for 13 years. She was also a chiropractic assistant for Gosline Chiropractic Clinic.

René was a faithful member of Shirley Hills Baptist Church where her spiritual gift of hospitality shined. Her familiar face and welcoming smile made everyone who walked in the door feel at home. René was a wonderful cook and entertainer, as well. She was known for her much-anticipated annual “Christmas Open House” as she invited tons of people over to bring them together. René was also instrumental in keeping everyone from the WRHS Class of ‘79 connected. Her husband’s strongest supporter (especially during his time as a Deacon), her children and grandchildren’s biggest fan, and her parents’ dedicated daughter and caregiver, René will be deeply missed by each and every person who knew her.

She leaves her memory behind with her devoted husband of 38 years, Ken Hammond; children, Jason Hammond (Nicole) and Mallory Tucker (Jared); grandchildren, Levi and Lily James and Phoebe Hammond; parents, Ronald B. and Carol Ann Sluder; in-laws, Carl and Marie Hammond; brother-in-law, Warren Hammond (Patricia); nephews; and longtime best friend, Pam Cliffe and family.

Visitation will be Friday, January 25, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Shirley Hills Baptist Church with Pastor Andy Cook and Pastor Jacob Green officiating. René will be laid to rest at 1:00 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin, Tennessee on Monday, January 28, 2019.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be given in memory of René to Shirley Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, 615 Corder Rd., Warner Robins, GA 31088.

Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Mrs. Hammond’s arrangements.

Billy Ernest English

Billy Ernest English, age 81, Flag Pond, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Flag Pond and a son of the late George and Lola Phillips English.

Billy was a United States Air Force Veteran. He served his country honorably as an Air Traffic Controller. Billy was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award.

He was owner and operator of American Ginsing Gardens and English Fence Company. Billy was a member of Flag Pond Baptist Church and attended Calvary Baptist Church.

He was an avid Tennessee Volunteer and Lady Vols fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Gene and Lowell English; one sister, Jeanette Rice; one great niece, Paula Davis.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of thirty-seven years, Patsy Honeycutt English; one daughter, Mackenzie English, of the home; five nephews: Travis Honeycutt (Lisa), Josh Tilson (Breanna), J.D. Duncan, Lowell Lee English, Jr. and Tristen Honeycutt; five nieces: Lora Crowe (Jeff), Debbie Taylor (Phillip), Jean Ford (Teddy), Lynn Sanchez and Sierra Honeycutt; several great nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Wendell Sullivan will officiate the 2:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Sams Cemetery, Flag Pond. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made in memory of Mr. English to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the English 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 English family. (423) 743-1380.

 

Helen Margaret Day Peterson

Helen Margaret Day Peterson, age 87, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019. She was a Unicoi County, Tennessee native and lived most of her life in Mt. Holly, NC before moving to Gastonia, NC.  Helen was the oldest daughter of the late Roy and Geneva Day. She was a former employee of various Gaston County textile companies including Belmont Hosiery, Pharr Yarn and Catawba Yarn.  Helen was a member of Mt. Holly Church of God in Mt. Holly, NC. Other than her parents Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Magellan Peterson; one daughter, Allison Marie Peterson; one son, David Peterson; one brother, Robert Day; two sisters, Marie Day and Bernice Edney and a cousin, Eva Banner.

Helen  leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters: Brenda Daly of Gastonia, NC, Sharon Oates and husband, Keith Oates of Gastonia, NC;  eight grandchildren: Michael Peterson of Gastonia, NC, James Peterson and wife, Breanna of Lincolnton , NC, Ryan Peterson and wife, Kristin of Winston Salem, NC, Patrick Daly and wife Elizabeth of McAdenville, NC, Elizabeth Atkinson and husband Steve of Florence, Oregon, and Catherine Peele and husband, Dustin of Kill Devils Hill, NC, Scott Peterson  and Jeff Peterson of  SC;  six great grandchildren: Sydni Peterson of Lincolnton, NC,  Evelyn, John Henry and Wilson of McAdenville, NC and Seaton and Sage of Florence, Oregon; two brothers: Floyd Day of Unicoi, TN, Wayne Day and wife, Linda of Kingsport,TN; two sisters:  Ella Day, Sara Peterson and husband, Dennis, all of Erwin, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 24, 7 to 9 pm at McLean Funeral Directors in Gastonia, NC.  The funeral service is Friday, January 25, 3:00pm at the Mt. Holly Church of God, Mt. Holly, NC, with Pastor Dennis Bean officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Holly, NC. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Gaston Hospice would be appreciated.

Condolence messages may be sent online to www.mcleanfuneral.com.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, NC is serving the Peterson family.