Joseph “Joe” Robert Arseemas Bennett

Joseph “Joe” Robert Arseemas Bennett, age 23, Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center Emergency Room. He is a son of Junior Arseemas Bennett and Lynette Bogart Bennett.

Joe was a Certified Welder and worked for Anchor Steam Power Company. He attended Buffalo Valley Freewill Baptist Church.

Joe loved welding, hunting, working on cars, 4-Wheeling, fishing and floating down the Nolichucky.

He was preceded in death by his Aunt Wanda Bennett Davis.

In addition to his parents, Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory, one brother, Matthew Bennett, Unicoi; two sisters: Lauren Heaton Arnett (Joseph), Elizabethton, Elisabeth Bennett (Cody Howard), Elizabethton ; two nieces: Serenity Howard and Bethany Bennett; special friend, Abigail B. Sparks.

The family will have a Celebration of Life service at a later date.

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

 

James W. Kane, II

James W. Kane, II, age 49, Johnson City, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 12, 2019. He was born in Johnson City but lived most of his life in Jasper, AL. James is the son of James W. Kane (Janice) and Brenda Hawley.

He was a Certified Pipe Fitter and worked for the Austin Corporation. James was of the Lutheran Faith.

He was a United States Navy Veteran having served his country honorably during the Persian Gulf War. James was awarded numerous medals during his tour.

James enjoyed golf and played for the Navy Golf Team. Also, he worked as a Golf Pro in Worcester, MS.

James was an avid Alabama sports fan. He enjoyed going to the beach and loved the ocean. James liked making friends and loved people with his huge heart. He was always willing to help others and his smile would light up any room.

In addition to his parents, he leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of fifteen years, Donna Farthing Kane; one step-granddaughter, Melissa Ann Farthing; one sister, Connie Sue Kane, Nashville; step-sister, Laurie Blackard, Ramsom, WV; three step-brothers: John Kane (Beth), Elba, AL, James Stewart (Kathy), Ringgold, GA, Jeremy Stewart (Joanne), Dickerson, TX; Uncle Daniel Kane (Juanita), Johnson City; two cousins: Dan Thomas, Johnson City and Becky Kane, Gray; Aunt Doris McInturff; cousin Charles Wakefield (My true brother).

James requested to be cremated and his family plans to have a Celebration of Life service according to James wishes.

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

Dorothy Bryant Peterson

Dorothy Bryant Peterson, age 83, Poplar, NC, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 13, 2019 at her sister, Betty’s residence. She was a lifelong resident of Poplar and a daughter of the late James and Naomi Howell Bryant.

Dorothy worked many years as a Seamstress for Blue Bell. She was a member of Poplar Freewill Baptist Church. Dorothy served as the church custodian and church secretary. She kept the church spotless for years.

Dorothy enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking, canning and quilting. She grew a beautiful flower garden.

Dorothy was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was the best mother a son or daughter could ever have.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-six years, Garfa Peterson on June 30, 2014; one daughter, Donna Pate Beam; two brothers: Charlie and Alonzo Bryant.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Norman Pate (Katrina), Erwin; two grandsons: Justin Pate and Daniel Beam; one great grandson, Cooper Pate; one step-granddaughter, Miranda Thomas; two step-great  grandchildren: Gabriel and Isabella Thomas; five brothers: Richard Bryant (Pat), Erwin, Douglas Bryant (Carolyn), Poplar, Dewey Bryant, Kenneth Bryant (Charlotte), Wayne Bryant, all of Green Mountain, NC; two sisters: Betty Peterson, Erwin and Daphne Phillips, Garner, NC; several nieces and nephews, who consider her a very special aunt also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Roger Hilemon will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday in the Millers Cemetery, Poplar, NC. Family will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Rosalee Head Moore

Rosalee Head Moore, age 101, Flag Pond, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at her daughter’s residence. She was a native of Unicoi County and lived most of her life in Flag Pond. Rosalee is a daughter of the late Herbert and Catherine Bennett Head.

She was of the Christian Faith. Rosalee was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and canning. Rosalee was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She adored all her grand-babies and showered them with love and affection.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Charles Arthur Moore in 2003; one daughter, Fay McCranie in 2016; three brothers: Luther, James and Herman Head; one sister, Ruth Phillips; son-in-law, Topper Rice.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, five children: Patricia Stephenson (Tony), Unicoi, Barbara V. Giep (John), Flag Pond, Ernie Moore (Barbara Sue), Spivey Community, David Ellis Moore (Tina), Johnson City and Bonnie Rice, Flag Pond; one son-in-law, Tommy McCranie, Flag Pond; one brother, Donald Head, OK; one sister, Margaret Lane, Olney, IL; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday in the Garland Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Jason Christopher Shearin

Jason Christopher Shearin, 46, of Johnson City, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was a native of Johnson City and son of  Jerry and Trudy Shearin.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents: Frank ‘Cork’ and Martha Archer and, HJ and Mary Helen Shearin, two of his aunts ,Sara Archer Roller and Faye Young.

Jason was a force of life with the biggest heart. He was a traveling pipe welder for 24 years, making new friends laugh until they cried. He was a skateboarder, surfer, scuba diver, lifeguard, dirt bike rider, wakeboarder. His love was his family and friends. He’s a father, son and loving brother.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish Jason’s memory include his partner in crime and love of his life, Laura Combs and her children, Holly Dear, Hunter, and Clarissa (Robby); his son, Stone Ellek Shearin (Jasmine Moss), sister, Chandra Shearin and her son, Hunter Hensley, and many co-workers and friends from around the country.

The family will have a gathering of friends and loved ones to share memories of Jason anytime during the day on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and Saturday, September 14, 2019 at his parent’s home in Johnson City.

More details are on the family’s Facebook.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Shearin family. This obituary was lovingly written by the Jason’s family.

Nancy Lou Wilson

Nancy Lou Wilson

12/18/39 – 9/ 7/2019

Nancy, raised in Embreeville (Bumpass Cove), lived most of her adult life in Washington DC and the Maryland area. She returned to call Erwin home.  Before she retired, she worked with admitting in the ER Dept at the old Unicoi Co. Hosp.

She is survived by her daughter, Carla Jo; grandson, David John; son, Charles Wilson; granddaughters, Charlee and Amber Rose; brother-in-law, Butch Huskins; sisters-in-law, Luell, and Sonya; and many special nieces and nephews that she spoiled and loved very much!

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Isham and Rosa Wilson; sisters, Barbara Jean Huskins (Herman) and Ida Sue Huskins; brothers, Edd and Sherman Wilson; brother- in-law, Brush Shelton, all of Erwin; and lifelong friend, Patsy Douglas of Gray, TN.

She will rest peacefully at Bumpass Cove Cemetery.

Dementia creates a difficult time for the caregivers, and a longing for “normal” for the person living in that confusing world. We miss our Momma, she is now at peace reunited with her brothers and sisters, her “normal” is back!

Everette Peterson

Everette Peterson, age 75, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 31, 2019. He passed away at the Johnson City Medical Center from complications due to pneumonia, which he endured over the past eight months. Everette is a son of the late Jerry and Idella Miller Peterson. He was a native of Poplar, NC before moving to Unicoi County in 1967.

Everette was a self-employed Painter for forty-seven years. He was an active and faithful member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. Everette loved his Lord and Savior with all his heart. He prayed daily for those he loved to be ready to meet the Lord.

Everette was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them and his grandchildren. Everette loved watching his grandchildren play sports.

His favorite hobbies were fishing and growing a garden. Everette will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Garfa and Jack Peterson.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of fifty-two years, Bobbie Huskins Peterson; one daughter, Amy Banks (Tracy); one son, Michael Peterson (Misty); six grandchildren: Kayla Perea (Buddy), Derrick Peterson, Taylor Banks, Bryson, Brock and Cade Peterson; one great grandson, Braylen Perea; one great granddaughter, Maddy Perea; two brothers: Harvey Peterson (Ernestine) and F.C. Peterson; five sisters: Emmaline Miller, his twin sister, Eleanor Poole, Gertrude Street, Velva Landers and Wilma Jean Reedy (Jerry); sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Bob Sproles; sisters-in-law: Betty and Dorothy Peterson; special friends, Scott and Marsha Street; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church and other times at the residence of his daughter, Amy, 212 Old Farm Road, Erwin. Pastor Noah Taylor will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Talmadge Brown will officiate. Pallbearers will be Robbie Casey, Ward Howard, Jesse Hensley, Chris Wilson, Bob Sproles and Larry Anders. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Street, Mike Jones and Walter Harris. Everyone is asked to meet at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home by 10:30 AM on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Everette to: Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 910 Hoback Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

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

William “Bill” Carver

William “Bill” Carver, age 89, of Unicoi, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Unicoi County Hospital.  A native of Unicoi, Bill is a son of the late Dock and Birdie (Hill) Carver.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, an employee of Nuclear Fuel Services and a Logger.  He was a member of Unicoi Church of God and he loved animals.  In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife of 20 years, Nellie Carver and many brothers and sisters.

William “Bill” Carver leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Priscilla Gutierrez and husband, Jesse;

Gary Whitson;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Erwin Health Care Center.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of William “Bill” Carver in a graveside committal service to be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Peterson Cemetery, Unicoi. Reverend Eddie Blazer will officiate.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Army.  Those attending will meet at Peterson Cemetery by 10:50 am for the service.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm and will continue until 8:00 pm in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Bill’s name to Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N Industrial Drive, 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 William “Bill” Carver through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Karl Keesecker

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Karl Keesecker, age 68, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center.  Karl is a son of the late P.M. and Pauline Keesecker.  In addition to his parents, is preceded in death by six brothers: Sammy, A.G., Michael, Conrad, Steven and Jerry Keesecker; sisters: Nancy Bogart and Irene Gray; nephews: Jerome M. “Bubba” Gray, Randy, Mark and Matthew Keesecker; and sister-in-law: Penny Keesecker.  He was also preceded in death by his beloved Chihuahua, Cleo, in 1999.

Karl leaves behind to cherish his memory: loving wife: Teresa and daughter, Karla Keesecker, of Erwin; one sister: Katrinka Quillen and husband, Prezzle, of Kingsport; one brother: John Keesecker and wife, Ann, of Erwin; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-law: Howard Bogart, of Erwin; sisters-in-law: Margaret Lee Keesecker, of Newport News, VA, Anita Keesecker, of Grove City, OH and Carol Keesecker, of Erwin.

Karl was a United States Army Veteran, having served in Germany during the early 1970’s.  He attended Mars Hill College and East Tennessee State University.

Much of his life revolved around playing tennis, which he loved.  He was a co-founder of the Mountain Empire Tennis Association (META) in the 1990’s.

Karl worked alongside family members Sam, Penny, Nancy and Steve for many years at Keesecker Appliance and Furniture Company.  He was a Rural Mail Carrier and was always committed to being a good mail carrier to his postal customers on Route 3.  One of his most prized possessions was his right hand drive Jeep Wrangler Sport.

Karl was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church in Erwin, TN.  He valued his upbringing at Ninth Street.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Karl Keesecker in a graveside committal service to be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery.  Dr. Chris Bogart will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Karla Keesecker.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, August 23, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Honorary pallbearers will be Lester “Spud” Chaffin, Tom Hensley, Jr., Phillip Hensley, Bill Tom Britton, James Bowman and Rick Rogers.

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 Karl Keesecker through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Lawrence Shell

“For me to live is Christ but to die is gain.”  Philippians 1:21

Lawrence Shell, 91, of Unicoi went to be with the Lord in his heavenly home on August 10, 2019 with his devoted wife never leaving his side.  He was born on June 5, 1928 in Unicoi, Tennessee to David and Martha Miller Shell.  He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War.  He retired from CSX Transportation and Unicoi County School system.

Lawrence will be lovingly and forever remembered by his wife of 58 years, Alma Davis Shell; Sister-in-laws Eloise Shell and Shelby Gage; Nieces, Judy Slemons, Karen Walker, Emily (Andy) Fletcher; Nephews, Randy Shell, Tony (Lisa) Slemons, Mike Buchanan, Mark (Kimberly) Gage; multiple great nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Martha Shell; sisters, Mary Slemons, Gertrude Rice, Ruth Buchanan; brothers, Harry Shell, Lester Shell, Bernie Shell and Floyd Shell.

He was an active member of Redeemed Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and song leader and attended Maranatha Tabernacle. He loved serving the Lord and his pastors were faithful in ministering to him and his family, Sylvan Mullins and E. L. Wheeler.  Through his life of service, many other pastors have been a blessing to him including Bruce Teare, Brad Davis and Jim Bishop.  He and his wife, Alma, loved others and found great joy in helping those around them.

A special thanks to the loving friends and caregivers that have supported Lawrence and Alma  – Shelley and Kourtney Bailey, Alice Miller, Bud and Mary Blankenship, David Penley, Richard Smith and especially, Debra Uncapher for her great care of Lawrence plus the entire Health and Home Care Family of Erwin for their endless support of both Lawrence and Alma.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM at Limestone Cove Methodist Church on Thursday, August 15, 2019 with Pastors Mullins and Wheeler officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM prior to the service at the church. Lawrence will be buried with military honors on Friday morning at 11am at the Garland Cemetery in Limestone Cove.  Everyone is asked to meet at Limestone Cove Methodist Church to travel in procession to the cemetery.

Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com. Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Shell family. 423-928-2245.

Gary Lynn Jones

Gary Lynn Jones, 67 of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his home. A native of Erwin, he is the son of the late Luther and Isabelle Jones. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Lopez-Jones; and siblings, Thelma Ann Jones, Joe Jones, William “Jr.” Watts, and Kay Silvers.

Gary loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time, and worked many trades throughout his life including construction, farming, and truck driving.

Those left to cherish Gary’s memory include: children, Gary Lynn Jones Jr. (Tammy) and Micheal Jones (Whitney): grandchildren, Austin Jones (Jennifer), Ashlynn Jones, Kobe Walton (Amanda), Tyger Jones, Jasmyne Jones, Emma Jones, Levi Jones, Ella Jones, Adalyn Jones, Anderson Jones, L.J. Mitchell, Isaiah Jones, Karina Lopez, Juan David Lopez, Cedric Booker Jr., Jahzyah Booker, Corian Lopez-Jones, and Aries Lopez-Jones; great-grandchild, Auden Jones; siblings, Phyllis Smith, Wanda Metcalf, and Rebecca Cook; and his former spouse, long-time friend, and caretaker Coretha Lefler.

A graveside service is to be held and will be announced at a later date.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.mtnempirecbs.com. Mountain Empire Cremation & Burial Services, 125 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 3, Jonesborough, TN 37659, (423) 547-0379 is honored to serve the Jones family.

Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones, 72, passed from this life on Monday evening, August 5, 2019, in his Greeneville home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is the son of the late Casey H. and Kathleen Jones of Erwin.

He was employed by Eastman Kodak/Kingsport for over 20 years.  He was founder and owner of RPC Specialty Coatings.  He served on the board of Directors for Holston Home for Children, which was dear to his heart.  He was a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, the NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation), establishing the Volunteer Longbeards Chapter in Greene County.

He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, fishing, and hunting.  His biggest enjoyments were collecting old cars, tractors, implements, and spending time with his family, friends, and especially his hunting buddies in South Dakota.

Ron leaves behind his wife of 38 years: Donna C. Jones; daughter and son-in-law: Angela and Joseph Byers; three grandchildren: Amanda and Isaac Tweed, Rebecca Britt, and Nathan Britt; two great-grandchildren: Gabriel and Adah Tweed; his brother and his wife: Leon and Pat Jones; niece and husband: Cathy and Ed Griffith; nephews: Harold and William Jones; along with a host of cousins.

The family will receive friends at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home from 1 – 3 and 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12th.  The funeral service will follow visitation at 7 p.m. in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel with the Rev. David Green officiating.

Private burial will be in the Jones Family Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Orgil Bible, Joseph Byers, Bill Collins, Peter Dority, Ryan Newman, Bert Smith, Mike Tipton, and Larry Waddell.

Gaynell Yates Foster

Gaynell Yates Foster, age 74, Erwin, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Haysi, VA but lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Gaynell is a daughter of the late Glenn and Maude Yates.

She was a Floor Lady at Industrial Garment before the company closed . Gaynell retired from Southeastern Apparel where she worked as a Seamstress.

She was a member of Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church. Gaynell was a very active church member and enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years. She was over the Vacation Bible School Program at Fellowship Freewill Baptist for several years.

Gaynell loved her family very much and always put everyone’s needs before her own. She enjoyed fishing with her late husband, Gene at the ponds. Gaynell always looked forward to the annual family vacation at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

She was a talented seamstress and loved making clothes for her grandchildren. Gaynell liked to enter her sewing projects in the Appalachian Fair competitions.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, Eugene “Gene” Foster on March 19, 2015; one brother, Ralph Yates; one sister, Opal Whitson.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Allan Foster (Nikki), Erwin and Jordan Foster, Johnson City; one daughter, Nanette Foster Hall, Erwin; one sister, Flo Hoyle, Erwin; three granddaughters: Cassie Hall, Chloe Foster and Abby Foster; several great grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arnie and Faye Foster, Erwin; sister-in-law, Jeanette Yates, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the hour of service on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor David Crutchfield and Pastor Roger Laws will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Allan Foster. Committal will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jordan Foster, Calvin Hoyle, Roy Lacey, Chris Gilbert, David Griffith and Kelvin Thomas. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 11:30 AM on Thursday 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.

Vergil Rennie

Vergil Rennie, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Center on Aging and Health.  Vergil is a son of the late Leo William and Beatrice Kathryn (Cummings) Rennie.  He is a member of Chestoa Baptist Church, where he served as Head Deacon, Men’s Sunday School Teacher, and Choir Director.  Vergil was a Locksmith, a local business owner and a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.  He loved bowling and owned the bowling alley in downtown Erwin for many years.  In addition to his parents, Vergil is preceded in death by his loving wife, Patsy Julia (Stallard) Rennie and brothers: Verne Rennie, Kenneth Rennie and Foster Rennie.

Vergil Rennie leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Daughters: Sheryl Hall, of Mt. Juliet,

Mary Bailey and husband, Terry, of Erwin,

Brenda Newman and husband, Rick, of Erwin;

Granddaughters: Ariel Rennie and John Biggs, of Clarksville,

Julia Moore Hall, of Bellevue;

Grandson: Matthew Adam Taylor, of Erwin

Great-granddaughter: Kallie Harper Grace Taylor;

Sister: Kathryn Shampine;

Brothers: David Burton Rennie,

Leo William Rennie,

Henry Gibbons Rennie.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Center on Aging and Health for their loving care.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Vergil Rennie in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Pastor Roger Hilemon will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 pm and continue until service time on Wednesday at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Reverend Sheryl Hall will officiate the graveside service.  Those attending the graveside service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 am on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.  Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Chestoa Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Chestoa Baptist Church’s Missionary Fund, 108 Timber Ridge Road, Erwin, TN 37650.

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 Vergil Rennie through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Ward Gibson Parker, Jr

Ward Gibson Parker, Jr., age 56, Unicoi, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at his residence. He lived most of his life in Unicoi County.

Ward was of the Christian Faith. He was a former employee of Volunteer Restoration in Knoxville where he worked many years.

Ward enjoyed watching movies with his children, spending time with special friends, carpentry and tinkering with things around the house.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Kincaid; paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Parker; Stepmother, Gail Parker; one brother and one sister.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, father, Ward Parker, Sr.; mother and step-father, Mary Lee Georgia (Roger); his children: Celina Parker (Chris Morgan), Natasha Parker, Gavin Parker, Mya Parker and Aidan Parker; one brother, Perry Parker; one sister, Maryann Hyde (Steve); one granddaughter, Madison Morgan; three nieces and one nephew also survive.

A memorial service was held at 7:00 PM Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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

Hilden Shelton

Hilden Shelton, age 86, Flag Pond, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Christian Care Center of Unicoi County. He is a son of the late Alonzo and Mettie Shelton. Hilden was a native of Madison County, NC but lived most of his life in Flag Pond.

He retired from Unicoi County Highway Department in 1996. Hilden was a member of Sweetwater Church of God. He enjoyed going to church and loved his church family.

Hilden liked to go fishing, hunting and raising a garden. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years, Betty Shelton on March 27, 2014; two sons: Vernon Shelton and Ray Shelton; six brothers and one sister.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, three daughters: Hilda Hayes (David), Fredia Tipton (Doug), all of Flag Pond, Eva Scott (Kim), Carolina Beach, NC; two brothers: Glen Shelton (Audrey), Flag Pond, Freeman Shelton (Frances), Erwin; one sister, Molly Hensley, Erwin; three grandchildren who helped take care of him: Angel Campbell (Adam), Amber Hayes (Zach), Megan Beloat and nine additional grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton and Reverend David Brown will officiate at the 2:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Hunter Pate and the Sweetwater Singers. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Shelton Cemetery, Devils Fork Community.    

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

Alenia Thelma (Bowman) Minton

Alenia Thelma (Bowman) Minton, age 90, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness. A native of Erwin, she was born to parents Ray and Prude Bowman on July 15, 1929.

Mrs. Minton was a member of Shallow Ford Baptist Church, and most recently, Ninth Street Baptist Church. She was a member of the Ruth Class at Ninth Street Baptist Church. She worked at Industrial Garment in Erwin and was later a food service worker at Unicoi County High School before her retirement. She loved to read, cook, and spend time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Lynn Smith, and one brother, Hilbert Dean Bowman.

Mrs. Minton leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband of 58 years, Robert Minton of Erwin; daughter Teresa Mitchell and husband Larry of Erwin; granddaughter Angie Williams of Erwin; great-grandson Tyler Williams and wife Carrie of Johnson City; great-granddaughter Makena Williams of Erwin; and great-great-granddaughter Ava Williams of Johnson City. She also leaves behind brothers J.R. Bowman (Susan) and Leonard Bowman (Jean), both of Erwin; sisters Wilburn Nave (John) of Kingsport, Freda Ledford of Erwin, and Barbara Walker of Orlando, FL; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the physicians, nurses (4300 wing), staff, and all those who assisted the family during Mrs. Minton’s illness.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Robert Ledford Funeral Home in Erwin. A service honoring Mrs. Minton’s life will follow at 7 pm, with Rev. Tim Tapp and Rev. Zach Smith officiating. Music will be provided by Todd Athon and Becky Manfull. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin at 11am on Friday, August 2, 2019, with Rev. Zach Smith officiating. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 am.

Pallbearers will be selected among family members. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Shallow Ford Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mrs. Minton to Shallow Ford Baptist Church, 315 Old Highway Road, Erwin, and Ninth Street Baptist Church, 310 Ninth Street, Erwin.

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

Robert Lee Smith

Robert Lee Smith, age 70, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Unicoi County Hospital.  A native of Erwin, Robert is a son of the late Robert Clinton “Goober” and Ermma Jean (Gearhart) Smith. He was employed by KennaMetal as a Machinist for 32 years. Robert is a member of Lily Dale Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon.  He attended Fishery Community Church.  His parents owned Dairy King and he was basically raised working there.  He enjoyed camping and reading his Bible.  In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by one brother, Richard Smith.

Robert Lee Smith leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife: Wanda (Robinson) Smith;

Sons: Les Smith and wife, Michelle,

Derek Smith.

Brother-in-law: Myron Robinson

Per Robert’s wishes, he will be cremated.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Fishery Community Church, 501 Fishery Community 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 Robert Lee Smith through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Janie Quay Edwards Franklin

Janie Quay Edwards Franklin, 78, of the Big Laurel Community went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 21, 2019 after an extended illness.

Janie was born September 4, 1940 in Erwin, TN. Janie lived a wonderful life serving others. She was devoted to sharing God’s love through her faith and service. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Mars Hill College and her Master of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University. She worked as the Hospice Chaplain, grief counselor, and social worker where she touched many lives for over 30 years. She worked with Hospice of Madison and Yancey County and also volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital and Madison Manor Nursing Home.

Janie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and daughter. She loved helping others and was always thinking about how she could help anyone in need. Her faith was so amazing and she was always very humble. She believed in prayer and knew that God would always provide. She was very active in her home church, Chapel Hill Baptist, where she led the music, taught Sunday School and VBS, and was a Bible Camp counselor for many years. Janie also loved and cherished her family and friends. In addition, Janie published two books capturing her family’s history and memories of her mother.

Janie was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Bonnie Edwards; her husband of 53 years, Harvey Franklin, Sr.; brother, Reuben Edwards and his wife Annie; sisters, Atlas Hensley and husband Bill and Pearl Rice and husband Carrol; aunt, Matilda Bullman; uncle, Robert Willis and wife Betty.

Janie leaves behind to cherish her memory: three sons, Harvey Franklin, Jr. (Deborah), Brad Franklin (Carla), and Stuart Franklin (Rachel); daughter, Cindy Belcher (Scott). She also leaves nine grandchildren and their spouses: Samantha Branscum (David), Heather Poteete (Michael), Amanda Johnson (Shaun), Aaron Franklin (Christian), Nicholas Franklin (Kaylan), Allison Goley (Noah), Jenna Franklin, Bonnie and Cassidy Belcher. She also preceded ten great grandchildren: Ben, Jackson, and Gabriel Branscum, Bella Poteete, Kylie Hale, Rayleigh and Paytie Johnson, Tanner and Cooper Franklin, and Archer Franklin. She also leaves behind a brother, Dorsey Edwards (Linda); a sister, Arnetta Bennett (Hoyt); two aunts, Matilda McIntosh and Ida Edwards, sister-in-law, L.D. Franklin; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many wonderful friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Matthew Roberts and Chaplain Joe Bennet officiating. The family will be at the church at 1:00 pm for anyone who wishes to join them prior to the service. Burial will follow in Greenelawn Memory Gardens, Greeneville, TN.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Madison Funeral Services.

Flowers will be accepted and appreciated or memorial contribution may be made in Janie’s name to Madison County Hospice, 590 Medical Park Drive, Marshall, NC 28753 or to Hospice of Yancey, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Condolences can be made to the family online at www.MadisonFH.com.

Nancy Creed Booth

Nancy Creed Booth, age 79, of Erwin, TN, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center, following a battle with cancer. Born December 21, 1939, in Mount Airy, NC, she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Kathleen H. Creed. She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Richard L. Booth.

Nancy was a former teacher and proud graduate of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and of Lynchburg College. She was an avid supporter of Virginia Tech Athletics, the College of Engineering, and the Corps of Cadets. She enjoyed many fall seasons traveling to Blacksburg, VA, to cheer on the Hokies.

She called Erwin home for 45 years total on 3 different occasions. She was a long-time member of Erwin Presbyterian Church and chairwoman of the EPC Women’s Association. She was active with service to the community through her participation in the Lanier Club, as a long-standing officer in the GFWC Monday Club, and Wednesday Morning Club, in addition to serving on the CHIPS board. Nancy enjoyed many hobbies including being a decades-long member of the Parnassus Book Club and several bridge clubs.

Survivors include sons Brian D. Booth of Leander, TX, and wife Michelle; Thomas A. Booth of Christiansburg, VA, and wife Derley; siblings James E. Creed of Huntersville, NC, and Dianne C. Burnett of Danville, VA; grandsons Andrew L. Booth and Nicholas A. Booth and step-grandchildren Morgan and Bailey Wyche of Leander, TX, as well as two nephews and a niece.

Her family would like to thank the many caregivers in the community, including the staff at Christian Care Center and Home Instead, for providing comfort, companionship, and care to her during her illness.

The family will accept visitors from 7-9pm, on Friday, July 19, at Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N Main Ave, Erwin, TN. A funeral service will be at 2pm on Saturday, July 20, at Erwin Presbyterian Church, 105 N Elm Ave, Erwin, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in memory of Nancy be made to Erwin Presbyterian Church.

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 Nancy Creed Booth through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.