NORMA JEAN GARLAND

Norma Jean Garland, age 85, 1208 N. Main Ave., Erwin, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2011, at her home.
She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late Charles Rhoton and Lola McLaughlin Hicks.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Erwin.
Mrs. Garland was a board member of Erwin Housing authority for many years.
Her most enjoyable activity was being a loving grandmother to her four grandchildren, Allison, Parker, Will and Lily Garland.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Garland was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Garland, who died in January of 1996; four brothers, Kenneth Hicks, Gordon Hicks, Harry Hicks and Mack Hicks; and two sisters: Margaret Kellett and Helen Hendrix.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Garland, Erwin, and William P. “Bill” Garland and wife Patricia, Ridgefield, Conn.; four grandchildren, Allison, Parker, Will and Lily Garland; one sister, Jennie Keesecker, a resident of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital’s long-term care unit, Erwin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel, Erwin, with the Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating. Special music was provided by Teresa Jones Treadway and Inez Chandler.
Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill Padgett, John Padgett, Dennis Clarke, Lee Brown, Virgil Moore, Lester Bailey and Lynn Erwin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Garland’s favorite charities: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 526, Erwin, TN 37650, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

MYRLEEN E. BOWERSOX

Myrleen E. Bowersox of Honolulu, Hawaii, and formerly of Erwin, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at The Duke University Hospital Cancer Center, Durham, NC. She was 67.
Mrs. Bowersox was born as Myrleen Smith in Salinas, Calif., to Ernest and Jessie (Powell) Smith. After their deaths, she was adopted by Leland and Billie Brown.
She graduated from Salinas High School and Armstrong College of Business Administration and attended the Lincoln Law School in San Francisco.
As a teenager, she worked at Brown’s Department Store in California. After attending college, she worked as a paralegal, married attorney Barry Runnion and helped him run his law offices in Walnut Creek and Oakland, Calif. She served as executive secretary of the Contra Costa County Bar Association from 1971 to1973.
After her husband’s death, she moved to Erwin, where she opened Myr Enterprises, a retail antique store. In 2006, she married Gary W. Bowersox, moved to Honolulu, and worked with Gary in his gem and jewelry businesses, where she served on the board of directors and as corporate secretary of the Gem Hunters Corp. and GeoVision Inc.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Mrs. Bowersox was preceded in death by her sisters, Clara Lou Ratten and Sharon Brown.
In addition to her husband, Gary Bowersox, survivors include her sister, Myra Bertrand; brothers and sisters-in-law, Erwin and Terry Smith and Paul and Belinda Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bowersox assisted her husband with distribution of school supplies to the children in the mountain areas of Afghanistan. Memorial donations may be made in her name to The Hawaii Kai Rotary Club Foundation, c/o GWB, P.O. Box 89646, Honolulu, HI 96830.

HELEN MARIE CREASMAN

Helen Marie Creasman, age 71, of Natalie Lane, Erwin, died Friday morning, Feb. 11, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Creasman was born April 3, 1939, in Asheville, N.C. She was the daughter of the late James P. and Ida Mae Melton McElrath.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Miller of Gainesville, Ga.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Faye and Harold Chrisman of Jonesborough and Mildred Massey, of Asheville, N.C.; one brother, Robert McElrath of Erwin; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Tresa Yates of Erwin.
Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Garland Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Shelton officiating.
Active pallbearers were Harold Chrisman, Jody Chrisman, John Chrisman, Randy McElrath, Jerry Dockery, Jamie Turpin and Jonathan Miller.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

RONDA SUE CRUM
Ronda Sue Crum, age 44, of Flag Pond, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at her home.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Jemer Crum and daughter of Glenna Shelton Crum. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God in Erwin.
In addition to her mother, survivors include two sons, Ronnie Rice, Mars Hill, N.C., and Corey Silvers, Colonial Heights community of Kingsport; five brothers, J.C. Shelton and wife Christine,Flag Pond, Rick Crum and wife Linda, Flag Pond, Terry Crum and wife Elizabeth, Flag Pond, Lynn Crum, Erwin, and Jimmy Farley and wife Wanda, Erwin; two sisters, Vicky Rice and husband Lester, Flag Pond, and Audrey Crum, Mars Hill, N.C.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.10, at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Craig Shelton and John Wallen officiated. Interment was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Claude Hensley Cemetery.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

ETHEL LEE MCCALL FAIN

Ethel Lee McCall Fain, age 88, 1437 Love Station Road, Erwin, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center after a long battle with illness.
Mrs. Fain was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late William Robert Lee and Bertha Mae Bennett McCall.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was among the best of mothers and was a friend to all who knew her.
A lover of cooking, her fried chicken was famous to friends and family.
Mrs. Fain was an avid reader her entire life.
She was a member of Love Chapel Christian Church.
Other than her parents, Mrs. Fain was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Clarence Wade Fain, who died Nov. 1, 1990; and by her sister, Mary Angela Henderson.
Survivors include six daughters and five sons-in-law, Amelia Sue and Jack Dyles of Erwin, Lois and Furman Bryant of Unicoi, Mary Elizabeth Blackmore of Johnson City, Julia Ann and Wayne Franklin of the home, Deborah Kay and Nick Erwin of Erwin, and Lydia Kathryn and Terry Bloom of Johnson City; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandbaby, Dye, yet to be born; sister, Audrey Louise Runion Hill, of Berkley, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends, including Pam Jennings and Connie Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Robert Bess officiating.
Her grandson, Noah Edwards, provided a eulogy. Music was provided by Reneé Garland, Constance Fairchild, Ashley Mumpower and Clarence Bailey, soloist, Charlotte McCurry, pianist, and Inez Chandler, organist.
Active pallbearers were Heath Valentine, Jack Wade Dyles, Charles Fain, Rick Fain, Gary Fain and Edison Wallen. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dyles, Furman Bryant, Carl Hazelwood, Wayne Franklin, Toby Fain, Nick Erwin, Terry Bloom, Roger White, Randy Dye, Dexter Edwards, Doug Garland, Hunter Fairchild, James Mumpower and David Markwell.
Committal services were held Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charg

COMA M. HOPSON LOVE

Coma M. Hopson Love, beloved widow of S.A. “Barber” Love, died early on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the Center on Aging and Health in Erwin.
Mrs. Love was a longtime resident of the center and before that a longtime resident of the towns of Erwin and Unicoi.
She was the oldest living charter member of Central Baptist Church of Erwin. Mrs. Love was born in Sioux, N.C., on March 25, 1908, the oldest of nine children and was the last to survive.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Love was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Love Wilson; and one granddaughter, Carla Gilber Cameron.
Survivors include three of her four daughters, Allene (Mrs. Clifford Gilbert) of Johnson City, Geraldine (Mrs. E. R. Johnson) of Fairfax, Va., and Linda Ross of Vilas, N.C.; and one son, Buddy A. Love of Dothan, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, from the Ledford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Wiley officiating. A private burial was held at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

ERNEST “SMILEY” MILLER JR.

Ernest “Smiley” Miller Jr., 36 Carnation, Collinsville, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 3:03 p.m. at his home.
Mr. Miller was born in Erwin March 18, 1928, the son of the late Ernest and Mamie Miller.
He was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Miller retired from the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, Mo., as a cartographer.
He was a member and past commander of the Collinsville American Legion Post 365 and Meadow Heights Baptist Church in Collinsville.
Mr. Miller had a passion for bicycle riding and participated in several MS 150 races, which are bike events of 150 miles benefitting multiple sclerosis charities. He was also a model train enthusiast.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Almira Bryant Miller, who he married Dec. 27, 1951; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Marlisa Miller, Bowling Green, Ky.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Trieva Miller, Huntsville, Ala.
Funeral services will be held at Meadow Heights Baptist Church Tuesday. Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Robinson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Meadow Heights Baptist Church Building Fund.

CONNIE SUE STAMPER

Connie Sue Stamper, age 53, Chinquapin Lane, Jonesborough, died suddenly Tuesday morning, Feb. 8, 2011, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital as the result of an aneurism.
Mrs. Stamper was born March 6, 1957, in Erwin. She was a Baptist.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, mamaw, daughter and friend to many.
Mrs. Stamper was presently a student in a certified nursing assistant program.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Donald Ray Stamper; daughter, Shannon Stamper Harris of Unicoi; three grandchildren, Don Tyler Neblett, Shiana Neblett and Abigail “Abby” Neblett, all of Erwin; mother and step-father, Wanda and Robert Webb of Erwin; godmother, Edna Brummett of Erwin; father, Theodore Bennett of Carter County; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Rick Bradley, Charlotte, N.C., Brenda and Robert “Bud” Tinker, Erwin, Madelyn and Don Cleveland, Bristol, Va., Tom Stamper, Archdale, N.C., Johnny Stamper, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kyle Stamper, Auburn, Calif.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Todd McLaughlin officiating.
Committal services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Evergreen Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ronald “Boo” Ambrose, Ralph Marlowe, Robert Cochran, Craig Masters, Carl Jones and Charlie Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Anders, Jerry Anders, Mike Anders and Tim Harris.
Unicoi Funeral Home was in charge.

HAROLD EUGENE THOMPSON

Harold Eugene Thompson, age 78, of 106 Sarah’s Way, Jonesborough, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Thompson was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Robert Earl Sr. and Catherine Sandidge Thompson.
He retired from the U.S. Navy following a 20-year career, spanning 1951 until 1971. He was very dedicated to his military career. The first ship he served aboard was the USS Ault DD-698 from June 1952 until June 1957. He later served several rotations on the USS Independence CVA-62.
It is noted in his military record that he crossed the equator several times during his career in the U.S. Navy. In a recommendation for promotion, it was noted “Master Chief Thompson works in a quiet but efficient way, never getting excited, seldom getting angry and always getting the job done. He is organized and well trained.”
Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he worked for the city of Memphis and retired as an electrical and air-conditioning engineer.
Other than his parents, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim and his wife Joan Thompson and Earl and his wife Elaine Thompson; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Bolton.
Survivors include his wife, Lila Ruth Thompson of Jonesborough; sister, Blanche Thompson Bolton of Johnson City; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Shirley Prater of Atoka, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David Crutchfield officiated.
Interment followed at Seviers United Methodist Church Cemetery with military graveside honors presented by the Tennessee National Guard.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

MARIAN J. WHITEHURST

Marian J. Whitehurst, age 91, of 207 Old Farm Road, Erwin, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Lakebridge Health Care Center, Johnson City.
Mrs. Whitehurst was a native of Washington, Ga., and a daughter of the late B.H. and Ellen Johnson. She lived in Perry, Ga., from 1952 until 2001, where she worked as a secretary and later as a bookkeeper for the Houston County School System.
She was a member of Perry United Methodist Church, the Howell Cobb Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Women, serving in various offices. She was also a member of the Sorelle Club in Perry, Ga.
After moving to Erwin in February 2001, she became a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where she was also a member of the Garland Sunday School Class and the Hope Circle. She was a member of the Get Acquainted Club, Wednesday Club, and enjoyed playing Bridge at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center.
Mrs. Whitehurst was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, both in Perry, Ga., and in Erwin.
Survivors include her husband, W.A. “Pete” Whitehurst of Erwin; son, W. Ashley Whitehurst Jr. and wife, Trudy, of Erwin; daughter, Marian Athon and husband, Gene, of Erwin; sister, Mary McKinney and husband, P.H., of Fayetteville, Ga; grandchildren, Marianna Whitehurst of Atlanta, Billy Whitehurst and wife, Marci, of Belgrade, Mont., Whit Whitehurst and wife, Candace, of Johnson City, Andy Athon and wife, Valarie, of Pearland, Texas, and Todd Athon and wife, Allison, of Johnson City; great-grandchildren, Ashley Whitehurst, Maggie Whitehurst, Katie Whitehurst, Levi Whitehurst and Sara Athon.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, Feb. 10, at noon at Centenary United Methodist Church. The Rev. Robert Layell officiated. The family attended a private graveside service.
Memorial donations may be made to either Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N. Elm Ave., Erwin, TN 37650 or Perry United Methodist Church, 1002 Carroll St., Perry, GA 31069.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

DORA KOHLER BENNETT

Dora Kohler Bennett, age 75, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Bennett was a native of Germany. She came to the United States in 1957 as a new bride. She made a home in Erwin, where she and her husband, Earl, owned and operated Gateway Quick Shop for many years. She was an active member of the Blue Devil Sports Club during that time.
She was preceded in death by parents; one brother of Germany; her husband, Alfred Earl Bennett in 1990; sisters-in-law, Vivienne B. Frye and Gladys B. Crowder; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Bennett, Troy Bennett and Ernest Bennett.  
Survivors include brothers, Gunther Kohler, Klaus Kohler and Rainer Kohler, all of Germany; several nieces and nephews of Germany; aunt, Mathilde Katz of Germany; brother-in-law, Charles Bennett of Michigan; sister-in-law, Louise Bennett of Johnson City; nieces, Fredna Ollis of Erwin, Vivienne L. Frye of Erwin, Arlene Webb of Michigan, Jenny Beesley of Michigan, Charlotte Johnson of Buford, S.C., and Esther Sylvia Bennett of Johnson City; nephews, Kenneth Crowder of Erwin, Ron Bennett of Trenton, Tenn., and Fritz Bennett of Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

VERNON CORNELL BRITTINGHAM

Vernon Cornell Brittingham, age 79, of Rock Creek Road, Erwin, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Erwin.
Mr. Brittingham was born March 22, 1931, in West Chester, Pa., son of the late Harry Hurff and Minnie Eaby Brittingham. He was a graduate of Unionville High School, Class of 1950.
He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a former employee of Lesko Metal in West Chester, Pa., before moving to Erwin in 1986. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Zula Lewis Brittingham; son, Vernon Brittingham Jr.; and sister, Corinne Eachus.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Blair of Malvern, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Karlene Brittingham of West Chester, Pa.; sister, Lorena Harrington of Coatesville, Pa.; three nieces, Holly Brittingham, Beth Zeller and Donna Kneib.
Family and friends are asked to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Evergreen Cemetery for graveside services with the Rev. Robert Layell officiating.
There will be no formal visitation.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.

WILLIAM LISH EDNEY

William Lish Edney, age 95, of Erwin, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Erwin Health Care Center.
Mr. Edney was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Robert and Nancy Edney. He was a laborer for Clinchfield Railroad until his retirement, after 31 years of service.
He was a member of Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church. He served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Edney was preceded in death by one son, David Lee “Toby” Edney; brothers, Harrison, Conley, Elmer and V.E. Edney; and sisters, Myrtle White, Nola Hardin and Gladys Edney.
 Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mildred Gertrude Hensley Edney of Erwin; sons, Jimmy Edney and wife, Pat, of Erwin; Charles “Chuck” Edney and wife, Gloria, of Raleigh, N.C., Terry “Butch” Edney of Erwin, Michael Edney and wife, Kathy, of Erwin; daughters, Mary Doty of Erwin, Marie Keller of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers, Bobby Edney of Greeneville and R.L. Edney of Erwin.
 Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Earl Ragland officiated. Vocal selections were provided by Jamie Hughes.
Committal services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at McInturff Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession. Pallbearers will be notified by the family.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.

NANCY SUE HUSKINS GARST

Nancy Sue Huskins Garst, age 60, 85 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Garst was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late James Albert and Thelma Coleman Huskins.
She was a Pentecostal. She was a farm worker for Scott Farms, Unicoi, for nearly 15 years. She was a homemaker throughout the following years.
Mrs. Garst was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Huskins, in 2006; and her sister, Phyllis Mathes in 2007.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Gary Garst; one son, Matthew Garst; one daughter, Rosalie Belt and husband, Daniel, Erwin; one granddaughter, Breaonna Belt, Erwin; one brother, James Francis Huskins, Church Hill; one sister-in-law, Dora Huskins, Johnson City; and one nephew, Joshua Huskins.  
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.

BETTY JEAN TAYLOR PRESSLEY

Betty Jean Taylor Pressley, age 77, of Erwin, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the Center on Aging and Health.
Mrs. Pressley was a native of Knoxville and a daughter of the late James Leo and Donna Mae Miller Taylor.
She was a loving homemaker and a member of Hunter First Baptist Church. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pressley was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel W. Pressley; and a brother, Robert Taylor.
Survivors include her son, William Edward Moore of Fairfield, Ohio; daughter, Patricia Jean Nelson of Erwin; step-daughter, Pam Pyles of Knoxville; step-son, David Pressley of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jamie Michelle Devin Snapp of Bristol and Michael Devin of Seymour; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Snapp and Matthew Snapp; sisters, Patricia Pendleton ofKnoxville and Lorene Wolfenbarger of Knoxville; brothers, Jim Taylor and wife, Mildred, of Knoxville and David Taylor, also of Knoxville; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Allen Thomas officiated. Interment followed at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Michael Devin, Andrew Snapp, David Pressley, Chris McCorkle, Josh Gill and Allan Settles.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

BILL G. WEBB

Bill G. Webb, age 78, 1030 Carolina Ave., Erwin, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Webb was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Ernest and Ethel Duncan Webb.
He was an “old-time Christian,” worshipping Biblically. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he served as a sergeant. He retired in 1981 from the Veteran’s Administration, Mountain Home, after 23 years as a stonemason.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 55 years, Dorothy Foster Webb, one daughter, Retia Shealy and husband, Terry, Erwin; two brothers, Ulis “Mink” Webb, Erwin, Jim Webb and wife, Coralee, Oklahom; two sisters, Dot Bumgardner, Erwin, Sandra Masters and husband, Richard, Erwin, and Bet Webb and Arie Filbert, both of Washington state; special brother-in-law, Arnold Foster, Erwin; “heart family” Kim and Todd Edwards, Erwin, Bobby and Melissa Rutherford, Erwin, Shannon and Kelly Blevins, Erwin; two grandsons, Carson and Cooper Rutherford, Erwin; two granddaughters, Sara and Kara Bailey, Erwin; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Roselawn Cemetery with full military honors being conferred. The Rev. Burl Ledford officiated. Special music was provided by Clarence Bailey and the Stanton Family.
Active pallbearers were Todd Edwards, Norman Hardin, Gary Wayne Bailey, Keith Whitson, Randy Guinn, Gerald Webb and Ellis Engle. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Rutherford, Dave Bailey, George Shelton and the fellows at Ellis Engle’s Southern Oil & Alignment.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

MARY LEE WILSON

Mary Lee Wilson, age 80, died at her home with her loving family by her side Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2011.
Mrs. Wilson was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Robert H. and Josie Salts Randolph.
She was a seamstress. She attended West Park Street Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Ward Paul Wilson Sr.; brothers, Olen and Earl Randolph; and sister, Cora Tolley.
Survivors include her daughters, Connie Harrell and husband, Lecil, Donna Hayes and husband, Roger, and Teresa Higgins and husband, Mitchell, all of Erwin; sons, Ward P. Wilson Jr. and wife, Sandy, Randy Wilson and wife, Lisa, and Robert Allen Wilson of Erwin; sisters, Trula Foster and Betty Effler and husband, Donald, all of Erwin; grandchildren, Katrina Love and husband, Tony, Robbie Carathers and wife, April, Michael Carathers and girlfriend, Crystal, Misty Lane and husband, Billy, Jamie Wilson and girlfriend, Chelsey Barnes, who stayed by her side, Jason Wilson and Katrina, Christopher Wilson and wife, Whitney, Brian Harrell and Hope, and Rebecca McBee and Cameron; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at  2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at West Park Street Church. The Rev. Dennis Walls officiated. Vocal selections were provided by Jamie Wilson. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
Mary’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

WILLIAM ROBERT “BOB” MANUEL

William Robert “Bob” Manuel, age 59, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Manuel was a Unicoi County native and a son of the late Eldridge and Georgia McKinney Manuel.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City.
Mr. Manuel was licensed by the Tennessee and Florida Bar associations and a practicing attorney for 34 years in his own law firm, the Law Office of Robert Manuel. He was a member of the Unicoi County and Federal Bar associations, as well as MENSA.
He served as city attorney for the town of Erwin from 1989 until 2007.
Mr. Manuel enjoyed international travel and started Volunteer Travel in 1993. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed recreational flying. He especially loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sports activities.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 36 years, June Grooms Manuel; one daughter, April Manuel Hawkins and husband Shane, Erwin; three sons, Robert Mitchell Manuel and wife Stana Donnelly, Erwin, Michael Manuel and wife Kimberly, Warner Robins, Ga., and Kevin Brett Manuel of the home; one granddaughter, Halie Hawkins; one grandson, Colton Hawkins; one brother, Frederick “Fred” Manuel and wife Sonja, Granite Bay, Calif.; two nieces, Adrienne and Calista Manuel; and his mother-in-law, Agnes Grooms of the home.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Bruce Shawver officiated. Soloist was Allan Foster.
Active pallbearers were Paul Berry, Judge Thomas Seeley Jr., Jerry Ray, Harold Phillips, Danny Duncan Jr. and Danny Miller.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Unicoi, Washington, Carter and Greene County bar associations. Additionally, Bobby Love and Danny Duncan Sr. also served as honorary pallbearers.
Committal services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.

DALE “PAPAW” PHILLIPS

Dale “Papaw” Phillips, 87, of Etowah, died at Life Care Center of Athens Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2011.
A native of Erwin and a resident of Etowah for the past 47 years, he was the son of the late Joseph and Pearl Phillips.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Eva Mae Phillips; three brothers, Vaugh Phillips, Gus Phillips, F.P. Phillips; six sisters, Maggie Harris, Lola English, Valarie Bailey, Ruby Metcalf, Kate Frye and Bernice Phillips.
He worked on the railroad for 40 years, retiring in 1988 from CSX. He served in the Air Force in World War II.
Mr. Phillips was a Christian, attending First Baptist Church of Etowah.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Buddy Williams; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Theresa Phillips; one granddaughter and spouse, Tiffany Williams and husband, Roger; three grandsons, Darin Edwards and wife, Jill, Sterling Phillips and Lukas Phillips; two great-grandchildren, Dillan Edwards and Jacey Edwards; and one brother, Robert Phillips of Erwin.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Etowah. Dr. Carlos Peterson and Pastor Lee Fox officiated.
Committal services were held Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. at McMinn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Buddy Williams, Darin Edwards, Roger Williams, Sterling Phillips, Lukas Phillips and Dillan Edwards.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Etowah.
Bordwine Funeral Home was in charge.

FRANK J. SKRABAK

Frank J. Skrabak, age 76, of Erwin, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Skrabak was a native of Coaldale, Pa., and a son of the late Frank and Margaret Tout Skrabak.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later joined and retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Skrabak was a Catholic.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael J. Rojo; and a brother, James Skrabak.
Survivors include his wife, Lorna Danner Skrabak of Erwin; daughter, Lorna Ann Skrabak; sons, Richard Skrabak of Ridgeway, S.C., Mark Rojo of Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Michelle Davis, Randall Davis, Nina Davis, Jarod Skrabak, Logan Skrabak, Ericka Skrabak, Richard Skrabak Jr. and Michael Rojo; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Ron Fender officiated.
Interment followed at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military graveside honors. Pallbearers were Larry Higgins, Daniel Kiko, Mark Rojo, Richard Skrabak, Randall Davis and Michael Barnett.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.

MICHAEL LYNN AYERS

Michael Lynn Ayers, age 33, 131 Jefferson St., Erwin, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Ayers was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. He was a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Arianna Ayers in 2004; his paternal grandfather, Hobert Ayers; and maternal grandparents, William Ray Cooper and Eva Mae Fannings Cooper.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Bailey Ayers; one daughter, Destany Ayers of the home; parents, Patsy Cooper Decker and husband Jimmie, Jonesborough, and Larry Ayers and wife Vivian, Unicoi; paternal grandmother, June Ayers, Erwin; three step-brothers, Joe Decker, Jonesborough, Tim Decker and wife Kristie, Limestone, and Josh Jones and wife Bethany, Erwin; three step-sisters, Tammy Clark and husband Brian, Greeneville, and Candy Barney and husband Harry, and Vicky Smith, all of Erwin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 22, at noon at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Kevin Laws and Charlie Trivette officiated. Tim Decker, Joe Decker, Josh Jones , Michael Riddle, Brian Clark , Brian Tapp, Doug Poore, Ray Cooper, Lyle Willis and Darren Ricker served as pallbearers.
The committal service immediately followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.