E. Glenn Isaacs, 90, of Elizabethton, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Isaacs was born in Johnson County in the Dry Hill Community, but grew up in Carter County and resided in Elizabethton most of his life. He was the son of the late Joseph O. Isaacs and Lucretia McElyea Isaacs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Betty Jean Isaacs Richardson, and two infant brothers, Joseph Harold and John Howard Isaacs. Also preceding him in death was a very special friend and â€œbrother,â€ Jack Hann.
Mr. Isaacs was a graduate of Elizabethton High School, attended Milligan College and graduated from ETSU with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics. Mr. Isaacs served during WW II in the Army Air Corps as part of the 8th and 9th Army Air Force Intelligence Division. He was called to duty in 1942 and spent most of his tour in Northern and Central Europe, Scotland, France and Rhineland. His squadron was one of the troops to land at Normandy Beach. He also saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Isaacs was among a large number of Carter Countains who served their country during WW II and did so proudly. His service and sacrifice will forever be remembered.
Upon his Honorable Discharge in 1945, Mr. Isaacs returned to Elizabethton, married his sweetheart and went to work for George Hormel Company for 19 years, until he joined Investors Diversified Services (I.D.S.) as a Financial Advisor and Planner in 1968. I.D.S. later became American Express Financial Services and Mr. Isaacs served as District Manager for many years before retiring from the company after 32 years of service.
Mr. Isaacs served two terms as an Elizabethton City Councilman and Vice Mayor from 1968-1972 and again on the City Council from 1989-1993. Mr. Isaacs was active in his community and very civic minded. He was a member of the Watauga Masonic Lodge, the VFW and the American Legion. He was also a Shriner.
Mr. Isaacs was a member and former deacon of East River Park Christian Church, where he also sang in the church choir. Mr. Isaacsâ€™ greatest love was his family and he loved them dearly. His love, faith, integrity, intellect and humor will be his legacy. He made an immense impact on those who knew and loved him and on those whose lives he touched throughout the years. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Isaacs is survived by his life-long love and wife of 64 years, Audrey Greene Isaacs, of the home; his beloved daughter, Keely Isaacs Batchelder, and the pride and joy of his life, his grandson, Matthew Batchelder and Matthewâ€™s fiancÃ©e, Michelle Munchenburg (whom he called his â€œlittle Croatian girlâ€). Several nieces and nephews also survive. Very special friends include Pat Minor, Roma Hann, Gay Peters, Ann Robinson, Jim and Marty Stalnaker, Barbara Lacy Hyder, neighbors and residents of Cedar Heights Condos, and his dog, Gaby.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care Mr. Isaacs received at Ivy Hall Nursing Home from the staff and administration and also to the ER staff and the second floor nursing staff at Sycamore Shoals Hospital and to MSHA Hospice Care.
The funeral service for Mr. Isaacs will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence at anytime. The funeral will be under the direction of Dean Batchelder Jr., with music provided by Charles and Fred Goodwin, Keely Batchelder, David Batchelder, (Taps), and Jon Shell (Bagpiper). The graveside service and interment will follow the service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. The Carter County Honor Guard will be in charge of the military honors and ceremony. Active pallbearers will be Matthew Batchelder, Dean Batchelder Jr., Stan Bailey, Rusty Melton, Jack Carrier, Brian Markland, Jim Stalnaker, Fred Goodwin and Keith Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Adams, Cal Klem, Millard Fitzsimmons, Bill Crawford, John R. Campbell, Dean Batchelder Sr., John Rominger, Jose Cabello and Dr. Shane Adams. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Isaacs to the American Diabetes Association, 211 Center Park Drive, Suite 3010, Knoxville, TN 37922 or to the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 7644. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Isaacs family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.