Ethel J. Biggs, 89, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011, at Appalachian Christian Village. She was born in Boone, N.C., and was the daughter of the late W.M. and Callie Miller James. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald H. Franklin, her husband of 35 years, Dale Benedetto, and husband Yates Biggs of 29 years; a son, Tony Benedetto; three sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Biggs is survived by sons, Tom Franklin and wife Sheila, Dandridge, Tenn., and Bill Benedetto and wife Kathy, Johnson City; step-sons, Charles W. Biggs, Gary Biggs and Richard Biggs; daughter-in-law, Sheila Benedetto; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until time of the service. Father Akata will officiate. An Entombment and Committal Service will be held following the service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177. Arrangements for the Biggs family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, (423) 610-7171.