TRUMAN POWERS

Truman Powers, age 74, of Powers Road, Unicoi, died Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 2011, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Powers was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Unicoi County, son of the late Walter and Nettie Derafield Powers. He attended Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elnora Powers; four brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his son, Woody Powers and wife Shirley; two daughters, Margaret Vance and husband, Danny, and Joyce McLaughlin and husband, Tracy; two grandsons, Danny Vance Jr. and Mathew Vance; two brothers, Page Powers and wife, June, and James Powers and wife Luanne, all of Unicoi County; several nieces and nephews; special friend of 51 years, Edna Brummett; and good friends, Shirley Honeycutt and Bob Larimar.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Britt Cemetery with the Revs. Brent Jones, Thurman Sullivan and Todd McLaughlin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday preceding the services at Unicoi Funeral Home and other times at the family home, 511 Powers Road, Unicoi.
Unicoi Funeral is in charge.

NILA ANNE GUINN PUGH

Nila Anne Guinn Pugh, 88, a longtime resident of Atlanta died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at A.G. Rhodes Nursing Home.
Born on Feb. 16, 1922, to George and Minta Guinn, she was raised and educated in Erwin. Mrs. Pugh worked as a china painter at Southern Potteries and as a clerk at Erwin Light and Power Co. and the Clinchfield Railroad. She was married to the late Mr. Charles R. Pugh Jr., a photographer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1955–1985, for 59 years.
In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Kyle, George and John Kermit.  Survivors include her daughter and caregiver, CharleAnne P. Sher and her fiancé, Edward Harris; sisters, Val Wadsworth and Naomi McInturff; sister-in-law, Maureen Guinn; nieces and nephews, Maurice Guinn, Melanie Shepherd, Terry Kent McInturff, Kevin McInturff, Connie Rice, Amanda Guinn, Deborah Guinn and Richard Guinn; and friends, neighbors and caregivers.
Private family graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Rembert of the Erwin Presbyterian Church officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry of Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30345.
A. S. Turner & Sons is in charge.

HELEN JANE WEBB

Helen Jane Webb, age 71, Erwin, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the Center for Again and Health after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was a daughter of the late Freeman and Lora Edwards Harris.
She was employed with the Johnson City Country Club for 21 years and was a lifelong Christian.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Doug Harris; and a great-nephew, Jason Wilson.
Survivors include her sister, Eloise Humphreys, Erwin; nieces, Traci Ambrose, Erwin, and Teresa Dragoo, Panama City, Fla.; nephew, William Harris II, Dallas, Texas; great-niece, Tonya Lane, Erwin; great-nephew, Travis Wilson, Panama City, Fla.; and two great-great-nephews, Kraig Adkins and Bradley Wilson.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.

KENNETH WAYNE WHITE

kenneth Wayne White, age 51, of Erwin, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his father, Abraham White, and his mother, Dorothy Mae White.
Survivors include two sisters, Julie Mae White-Darty and Angela Kay White-Krauth, both of Cumming, Ga.; grandmother, Thelma Mae Keplinger-Price, Johnson City; and three nieces, Jessica Mae Gilmore, Jamie Katherine Krauth and Ella MaKay Krauth, all of Cumming, Ga.
Mr. White’s body has been cremated at his request.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.

ROBERTA VELVA WILLIAMS

Roberta Velva Williams, age 84, of Dry Creek Road, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late Bert and Altha Lewis Watts. She was a homemaker.
She believed in the Holiness church doctrine.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Williams, who died March 8, 1999; two grandchildren, Timmy Bailey and Ashley Williams; one sister, Ruby Chandler; and three brothers, Ward, Bill and Earl Watts.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Terri Williams, Raymond and Charlene Williams, and Harold Williams, all of Jonesborough, and Garrison and Cathy Williams, Erwin; four daughters and sons-in-law, June and Doug Bailey, Unicoi, Phyllis and Glenn Williams, Wilmington, N.C., Ann and Dave Ingram, and Texie and Gary Cash, Jonesborough; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. The Rev. Harold Lewis officiated.
Grandsons served as pallbearers. Music was provided by pianist Inez Chandler.
Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

BRENDA K. BARNES

Brenda K. Barnes, age 59, of Jonesborough, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Barnes was a native of Kankakee, Ill., and a daughter of the late Glen and Maxine Mabrey.
She worked as a waitress for Huddle House in Erwin. She was of a non-denominational faith.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Schoonmaker.
Survivors include her husband, Clifford Barnes of Jonesborough; daughters, Michelle White and husband, Andy of Erwin, and Melissa O’Cull and husband, Arthur of South Dakota; son, Mike Bacino and wife, Amanda of Rogersville; brother, Glen Mabrey Jr. of Kentucky; grandchildren, Shelby White, Kayley Bacino, McKenza Bacino and Riley Bacino; and special grandchild, Kaitlynn White.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Joseph Wayne Cole officiated.
Graveside services were held immediately following the service at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Andy White, Mike Bacino, Jonathan White, Jay White, Clifford D. Barnes and Anthony Oscar.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

JUDGE FRANK M. DAVIS

The Honorable Judge Frank M. Davis, a Unicoi County native and a longtime resident of Dillon, Mont., died peacefully at his Montana residence Saturday evening, Jan. 1, 2011. He was 89.
Judge Davis was a long-time Dillon attorney, who served as 5th Judicial District judge from 1982 until his retirement from the bench in 2000. During his tenure, Judge Davis presided over several high profile cases, including the “Mountain Man” trial of 1984 and later the murder trial of TV star Patrick Duffy’s parents. Judge Davis also made a noted ruling in the disposition of the will of renowned media personality, Charles Kuralt.
Upon his arrival in Dillon in 1953, he joined established Dillon attorney Theodore McFadden as a junior law partner. From the beginning of his Dillon life, Judge Davis was the consummate community activist.
As president of the Dillon Jaycees, the young attorney spearheaded a project to construct a city park at its present site on Center Street. He was the first chairman of the Dillon Jaycee Rodeo, which later became known as “Montana’s Biggest Little Weekend.”
The young Davis had a love for acting and theater. He was involved in numerous productions for the Dillon Ski Club and later went on to form the popular Wapiti Players, with annual productions at the Dillon Elks Lodge.
Before becoming a judge, Mr. Davis was well known as “Voice of the Beavers” and “Voice of the Bulldogs,” his mellifluous voice calling play by play games for both the high school and college squads for local radio station KDBM.
Mr. Davis was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Unicoi. At the age of 22, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and as a member of the 8th Air Force, served with distinction in the European Theater of Operation during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1945. His war-time service earned S.Sgt. Davis both the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star. It was during his war-time service in London that Davis met his future wife WAC Corp. Joan M. Faller of Dillon. They were married by the mayor of Luxembourg on VE Day, 1945.
Following his service in the armed forces, he attended the University of Tennessee Law School. His legal career included a tenure as a law professor at Dickenson Law School in Carlisle, Pa., and 30 years as a practicing attorney in Dillon. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Montana for his work as a visiting faculty member of the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program.
Judge Davis is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan, who died in 2000.
Survivors include five children: sons, Randolph of Portland, Ore.; Philip (Yoko) of Renton, Wash.; Stephen (Adrienne) of Stevensville, Mont.; daughters, Ann Davis of Billings, Mont.; Ruth Wrinkle (Mark) of Orangevale, Calif.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter Davis (Tommie) and Dean Davis, all of Unicoi; and sisters, Elizabeth (Joe) Walker of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Juanita Davis of Unicoi.
Frank had been working on his own obituary shortly before his death. It began like this: “Frank Davis was not born in a log cabin, but his parents planned to move into one as soon as they could afford to… .”
A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Friday, Jan. 7, at 12:10 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Dillon Library, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Brundage Funeral Home of Dillon, Mont., was in charge.

THERON ELBERT EDWARDS

Theron Elbert Edwards, age 79, of 152 Eli Masters Road, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Edwards is a native of Burnsville, N.C., and a son of the late Noah and Minnie Jane Edwards. He was the grandson of the late Pete and Arphene Edwards.
He was a farmer. He had lots of friends and will be missed by many. He was a very unselfish person. If he gave something away, he gave the best he had.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Doris Edwards of Jonesborough; sisters-in-law, Mary Stissel of Erwin, Daisy Higgins and husband, James, of Burnsville, and Esther Williams and husband, Kenneth, of Burnsville;
brothers-in-law, Lester Cannon and wife, Francie, of Jonesborough, and Ted Cannon of Burnsville; many nieces, nephews and first cousins.
The family will attend private graveside services.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.

MARY EVELYN FOSTER

Mary Evelyn Foster, age 39, 505-1 Lindsey Road, Unicoi, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. She was a native of Washington County but had lived in Unicoi County most of her life.
She was a daughter of John Foster and Wanda Smith Foster. She worked at the former Moody Dunbar’s Pepper Mill.
She attended Maranatha Tabernacle.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Gail Foster; maternal grandfather, Emory Smith; paternal grandparents, Garney and Evelyn Foster; aunts, Dolly Casey and Mary Ada Yater; and uncles, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Foster and Ron Foster.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a daughter, Kelly Higgins of the home; maternal grandmother, Mary Smith of Erwin; aunts, Essie Foster of Unicoi, Myrtle Smith of Erwin, Trula Casey of Unicoi, Judy and Harold Richardson of Jonesborough, Ruby and Darrell Shell of Erwin, Nancy and Junior McNabb of Limestone, Jewal and Alford Hensley of Erwin, Bernice and Michael Rice of Erwin, and Polly Butler of Jonesborough; uncles, David and JoAnn Foster, Everette and Helen Foster, and Dale and Christine Foster, all of Erwin; special friends, Catherine Richardson and Gerald Guinn of Unicoi; and several cousins.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Michael Rice and E.L. Wheeler officiated. Vocal selections were provided by the Brown Family and by the Dugger Family.
Graveside services immediately followed and were held at Bumpass Cove Cemetery.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

MITZIE LYNN KING LOGAN

Mitzie Lynn King Logan, 61, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Johnson City
Medical Center.
Mrs. Logan was a beloved wife and devoted mother.
She was the daughter of the late Paul and Veo King and lived most of her life in Erwin. She graduated from Unicoi County High School and attended East Tennessee State University.
An avid pet lover, she also enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening and walking her dogs. She was a kind and gentle person, and all who met her counted her as a friend.
Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Logan, and children, Sara Logan and Ben Logan, all of Erwin.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Erwin Presbyterian Church. An hour prior to the service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.

WANDA MARIE MILLER

Wanda Marie Miller, age 65, of Chestoa Pike, Erwin, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Unaka Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Hilda J. Miller.
Survivors include her parents, Clifford and Hazel Bailey Miller of the home; sister, Jacquline K. Laws, Erwin; niece, India Marie Laws, Erwin; and nephew, Clifford J. Miller, Erwin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Unaka Springs Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with the Revs. J.C. Sheets and Terry Richardson officiating.
Her body will lie in state for 30 minutes preceding the services at the church. Active pallbearers will be selected from friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Fender and Michael Foster.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home and all other times at the family residence, 2140 Chestoa Pike, Erwin.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.

ROGER STANLEY OAKS

Roger Stanley Oaks, age 58, 102 Oaks Road, Unicoi, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Oaks was born in Johnson City but lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He was the son of the late Floyd and Willa Jean Henson Oaks.
He was employed by Marsh Propane, where he was the office manager for 13 years. Prior to that, he had worked for Duncan Gas for nearly 20 years. Mr. Oaks loved his work at Marsh LP Gas.
He was ready for the return of Christ, our Savior.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Oaks in 2008.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Linda Ayers Oaks; two sons, Randall Oaks and wife Lisa, Johnson City, and Conley Oaks of the home; one granddaughter, Nakecia “Kecia” Oaks; three brothers, Kenneth Oaks and wife Jane, Jonesborough, Ronnie Oaks and wife Linda, Johnson City, and Jerry Oaks and wife Leisa, Erwin; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Steve Bennett, the Rev. Steve Cochran and Pastor David Hutchins officiated.
Co-workers of Marsh LP Gas served as pallbearers.
Committal services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Washington County Memory Gardens, Johnson City.
Unicoi Funeral Home was in charge.

FRANK ELWOOD DAVIS

Frank Elwood Davis, age 89, a longtime Christian church minister of Erwin, died at 12:02 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Davis was a member of Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City. He had served for more than 50 years in churches both locally and in Indiana, Illinois and Florida.
He was a graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville and later graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, receiving both his master’s and his BD degrees. He was a veteran of World War II, serving proudly in the U.S. Army. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Norine Davis; twin daughters, Joy and Jill; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
At the Rev. Davis’ request, his body has been cremated.
A celebration of his life was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Grandview Christian Church with Aaron Wymer, minister, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grandview Christian Church Building Fund.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel, Erwin, was in charge.

FREDDIE MCKINLEY GILLIS SR.

Freddie McKinley Gillis Sr., age 78, of Four Seasons Circle, Erwin, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2010, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gillis was the son of the late Frank and Lula Sparks Gillis. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Gillis; two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah and Donald Neiswender, and Kathleen Henry; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Fred and Evelyn Gillis Jr., Allen Gillis, and Kirby and Priscilla Gillis; 14 grandchildren, Dawn, Charles, Jacob, Fred III, Shannon, Scott, Taylor, Steven, Stacy, Dawn, Sharon, Crissy, Glenn and Tessia; 16 great-grandchildren, Kevin, Miranda, Melinda, Michael, Madison, Molly, Caitlin, Ashley, Matthew, Christian, Steven, Makayla, Cyncere, Trinity, Kamerron and Scott Jr.; one great-great-grandchild, Braylyne; and sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and John Banks.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Steve Rembert officiated. Active pallbearers were Allen, Kirby and Freddie Gillis, Donald and Kevin Neiswender, and Charles Russell.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.

SAMALEE PATE

Samalee Pate, age 83, of Erwin, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Pate was a native of Flag Pond and a son of the late Zeb and Carrie Tipton Pate.
He owned and operated Rock Creek Builders for 35 years.
Mr. Pate was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Erwin.
He was one of the original stock holders of Valley Funeral Home, where he had served as president and chairman of the original board of directors. He was involved in the construction and start up of Valley Funeral Home in 1988.
Mr. Pate was a member of the former Unaka Quartet, singing at various churches and concerts in the region for 10 to 12 years. He loved Southern gospel music and enjoyed playing golf.
He was a former member of the Unicoi County Commission and was a former board member for the Unicoi County Gas Utility District.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Pate; brothers, John and Jerry Pate; and half-brother, Zeb “Butch” Pate Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Louise Miller Pate of Erwin; son, Larry Pate and wife, Vickie of Unicoi; daughter, Tina Pate of Unicoi; sisters, Kathleen Kenney and Gladys Adkins, both of Erwin; half-sisters, Helen Staub, Nadine Naugle and Jessie Klunk, all of New Oxford, Pa.; brothers, Ford Pate and wife, Georgia, of Unicoi and James M. Pate and wife, Carolyn, of Erwin; half-brother, Albert Pate of Gettysburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Casey Pate of Unicoi and Lindsey Stack and husband Dan of Fredericksburg, Va.; and great-grandchildren, Mason Daniel Stack and Madeline Olivia Stack.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Earl Ragland, James Hughes and Marvel “Barney” Hurst officiated. Vocal selections were provided by Larry Pate and by Jamie Hughes.
Committal services will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at McInturff Cemetery, Erwin. Those attending the graveside services should meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.

JOANNE CARVER RABER

Joanne Carver Raber, age 71, of 295 Bill Carver Road, Unicoi, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at her residence.
Born in the Limestone Cove community of Unicoi to Bert and Manda Tolley Carver, Mrs. Raber had lived in Akron, Ohio, since 1950 before retiring in 1996 as a confectioner for Temo’s Candy in Akron.
Mrs. Raber enjoyed making crafts, traveling and researching her family history. She returned to Unicoi County in 2005 and attended Unicoi Church of God.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jean Pressler, in October, 2010.
Survivors include her loving husband of 50 years, Lee Raber; one daughter, Roxanne Raber, Akron; two sisters, Judy Edwards and husband, Larry B. Edwards, Statesville, N.C., and Janet Randolph, Plymouth, Mich.; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Holloway officiating. Music was provided by pianist and organist Inez Chandler.
Pallbearers were Bill Carver, Jack Lazor, Dylan Riddle and other family and friends.
Commital services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Unicoi Funeral Home is in charge.

ROBERTA VELVA WILLIAMS

Roberta Velva Williams, age 84, of Dry Creek Road, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late Bert and Altha Lewis Watts. She was a homemaker.
She believed in the Holiness church doctrine.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Williams, who died March 8, 1999; two grandchildren, Timmy Bailey and Ashley Williams; one sister, Ruby Chandler; and three brothers, Ward, Bill and Earl Watts.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Terri Williams, Raymond and Charlene Williams, and Harold Williams, all of Jonesborough, and Garrison and Cathy Williams, Erwin; four daughters and sons-in-law, June and Doug Bailey, Unicoi, Phyllis and Glenn Williams, Wilmington, N.C., Ann and Dave Ingram, and Texie and Gary Cash, Jonesborough; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. The Rev. Harold Lewis officiated.
Grandsons served as pallbearers. Music was provided by pianist Inez Chandler.
Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.