Obituaries

Obituaries

Jan 2019

Name Date of Service
Frances Steffey Taylor 01/02/2019
Frances Steffey Taylor December 30, 2018 Date of Service: January 2, 2019 Interment Location:  Masonic Garden   Mrs. Frances Steffey Taylor, age 91, of Elizabethton, passed away on Sunday, December, 30, 2018 at Ivy Hall Nursing Home. Mrs. Taylor was born in Grossclose, VA. She was a member of First Christian Church of Elizabethton and was the daughter of the late Irvin and Minnie Myrtle Horne Steffey. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her Husband, John Henry Taylor, 5 brothers, David Steffey, Garnett Steffey, Ralph Steffey, Ivan Dean Steffey and Roy Steffey; 4 sisters, Gladys Colbaugh, Ruby...

Dec 2018

Name Date of Service
Paul E. Sellers 12/30/2018
Paul E. Sellers December 27, 2018 Date of Service: December 30, 2018 Interment Location:  Dogwood Section        Paul Edward Sellers, 87, Elizabethton, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital after an extended illness.  He was a Carter County native.  Paul was a 1949 graduate of Elizabethton High School where he was an outstanding Cyclone Basketball Player.  He was retired from The Raytheon Corporation, Bristol.    Paul was an avid Golfer.  He had served on the Board at the Elizabethton Golf Course for a number of years.   He was preceded in death by his wife: Charlotte Sellers, his mother:...
Rachel Woodby 12/29/2018
Rachel Woodby December 23, 2018 Date of Service: December 29, 2018 Interment Location:  Dogwood Section        Rachel (Ray) Woodby, dear wife, mother and grandmother of Elizabethton, entered the presence of her loving savior on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.  She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up in England before marrying U.S. Airman Van Woodby.  They lived in several states and overseas with the Air Force before settling in Elizabethton.  Rachel worked at Kress & TG&Y stores. She was preceded in death by her parents: Robert & Martha Anderson, her sister: Lily...
Letha Ritchie 12/28/2018
Letha Ritchie December 24, 2018 Date of Service: December 28, 2018 Interment Location:  Sermon on the Mount   Mrs. Letha S. Ritchie, age 91, of Elizabethton, passed away on December 24, 2018 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness. God opened the Gate of Heaven and she entered into His rest to live with Him forever. Mrs. Ritchie was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County, TN. She was a member of Borderview Christian Church. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Della Richards Shipley. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Eugene “Jack” Shipley,...
Cleo Blackwell 12/28/2018
Cleo Blackwell December 25, 2018 Date of Service: December 28, 2018 Interment Location:  Crown Section   Cleo M. Blackwell, age 101, passed away on December 25, 2018 at West Hills Health and Rehabilitation, Knoxville TN, after an extended illness. Mrs. Blackwell was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, a teacher in Carter County for 15 years and Rogersville City Schools for 22 years and a member of Rogersville First Baptist Church.  Those preceding her in death:  husband, Max L. Blackwell; parents James A. Morrell, Sr. and Belle Miller Morrell; siblings, A.T., James, Joseph W., John and Delia Morrell, and Lavisa Hood....
JoAnn Cole-Smith 12/27/2018
JoAnn Cole-Smith December 23, 2018 Date of Service: December 27, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Devotion   JoAnn L. Cole-Smith, age 85, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Ivy Hall Nursing Home. Mrs. Smith was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Don and Ruby Chapman Lewis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry C. Cole; her second husband, Gerald C. Smith and a sister, Donna Dykes. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of ETSU. She was a teacher with the Elizabethton...
John Dean Pritchard 12/20/2018
John Dean Pritchard December 17, 2018 Date of Service: December 20, 2018 Interment Location:  Crown Section   John Dean Pritchard, age 83 of Mt. Airy, passed away Monday, December 17, 2018. Born in Heaton, North Carolina on April 12, 1935, Mr. Pritchard was the son of the late James Riley and Mildred Shell Pritchard.  He was the owner and operator of P & P Trucking and he was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Pritchard was preceded in death by wife Carol Pickett Pritchard, son Robert E. Pritchard, brother Charles Pritchard, and sister Elizabeth Brock....
Cecil Whitehead 12/20/2018
Cecil Whitehead December 18, 2018 Date of Service: December 20, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Freedom   Mr. Cecil H. Whitehead, age 77, of Elizabethton, TN passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his residence. A lifelong resident of Carter County, he was the son of the late Fred. N and Ida L. Moore Whitehead. He retired from the Elizabethton Housing Authority in the Maintenance Department. Mr. Whitehead was a member of Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church and he was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Club. Those left to cherish his memory include a brother, Allen Whitehead, Watauga;...
Bryan Keith Parlier 12/17/2018
Bryan Keith Parlier December 6, 2018 Date of Service: December 17, 2018 Interment Location:  Dogwood Section    
Jean Pierce Brumit 12/16/2018
Jean Pierce Brumit December 13, 2018 Date of Service: December 16, 2018 Interment Location:  Crown Section   Jean Pierce Brumit, age 90, of Elizabethton, TN passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born in Fall Branch, TN and was the daughter of the late Knox K. and Thelma Lois Templeton Pierce. Mrs. Brumit retired as a Legal Secretary having worked at the Charles Crockett Law Firm for twenty-five years, later with the David Crocket Law Firm and for Lewis Combs and Bob Cupp. She was a member of First Christian Church Elizabethton. In addition to...
Juna Mae Harmon 12/15/2018
Juna Mae Harmon December 10, 2018 Date of Service: December 15, 2018 Interment Location:  Christus Garden   Juna Mae Harmon, 92, Johnson City, entered the presence of her loving Savior on December 10, 2018, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton. Juna Mae was born May 31, 1926, in the Shell Creek community of Carter County and lived most of her life in Johnson City.  She lived in Flint, Michigan for many years where she worked for General Motors until her retirement in 1982 when she moved back to Johnson City to be near family. Juna Mae was preceded in death by her...
Ruth "Edwina" Jennings 12/14/2018
Ruth "Edwina" Jennings December 8, 2018 Date of Service: December 14, 2018 Interment Location:  Christus Garden   Ruth “Edwina” Jennings, 91, of Salisbury, was called to be with Christ Jesus on December 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born June 21, 1927 in Elizabethton, Tennessee to J.O. and Cassie Hayes. She graduated from Elizabethton High School. Mrs. Jennings retired as a District Manager for Avon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, J.M. Linebaugh and James W. Jennings. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Sondra “Sandi” Meeks (Randy) and Kerisha Kegley, both...
Charlotte Sue Geisler 12/13/2018
Charlotte Sue Geisler December 9, 2018 Date of Service: December 13, 2018 Interment Location:  Crown Section   Charlotte Sue Geisler, age 85, of Johnson City, went home to be with the Lord, on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Agape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a daughter of the late Allen W. and Mona Mae Fox Brown and was born in Elizabethton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen M. Geisler in 1984; a brother, Roy Oscar Brown., a sister, Juanita Jones and a son, Glen M. Geisler, Jr. Mrs. Geisler was a loving mother...
Kathleen Hart 12/12/2018
Kathleen Hart December 7, 2018 Date of Service: December 12, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of the Last Supper        Kathleen Fair Hart, 93, Elizabethton, passed away Friday December 7, 2018 at The Bridge Assisted Living, Ooltewah, Tennessee.  A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late John & Annie Walker Fair.  She was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation.  She was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joe Hart, a daughter: JoAnna Fair, a son: Michael Hart, four sisters and four brothers. Survivors...
Dorothy Ann McCall 12/12/2018
Dorothy "Dottie" Ann McCall December 7, 2018 Date of Service: December 12, 2018 Interment Location:  Christus Garden   Dorothy “Dottie” Ann McCall, 82, of Kingsport, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 7, 2018. Dottie graduated from Elizabethton High School and worked at the Kingsport Press for over 20 years. She was an avid Tennessee Vols football fan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Bill G. McCall; parents, Walter and Etta Henson; brother, Oscar Henson; and sister, Yvonne Henson. Dottie is survived by her sons, Bill McCall and wife Pam, Bob McCall and wife Shari, and Shane McCall...
Wesley Shane Hughes 12/11/2018
Wesley Shane Hughes December 4, 2018 Date of Service: December 11, 2018 Interment Location:  Sermon on the Mount Addition   Wesley Shane Hughes, 45 went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday night, December 4, 2018, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Shane was born on July 2, 1973, in Johnson City, TN, to Louis Hughes and the late Patricia Fleming. A native of Sulphur Springs, TN, Shane lived in the Tri-Cities area for the most part of his life. He was a Baptist by faith and was a very loving and thoughtful son to his father, Louis...
Evelyn Gentry 12/11/2018
Evelyn Gentry December 7, 2018 Date of Service: December 11, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Devotion   It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Gentry announce her passing on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the age of 95 years. She was the daughter of the late Carter Gourley and Minnie Nave Gourley. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her brothers, George Gourley, Garner “Chub” Gourley, L.D. Gourley and Fred Donnelly; her sisters, Florence Edwards and Wilma Sears; and her daughter-in-law, Sandra Poland. Those left to cherish memories will be her husband of 67 years,...
Katherine LaPorte 12/07/2018
Katherine LaPorte December 3, 2018 Date of Service: December 7, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Prayer   Katherine I. LaPorte, of Elizabethton, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City following a brief illness. She was born in Matewan, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Georgia Chafin Isaacs. She grew up in Avery County, North Carolina during her childhood. Katherine was a devoted member of the Elizabethton First United Methodist Church and loved all of her church family. She was the matron and glue of the Joe LaPorte Family. She...
John B. Holsclaw, Sr. 12/07/2018
John B. Holsclaw, Sr. November 29, 2018 Date of Service: December 10, 2018 Entombment Location:  Mausoleum of Peace   John B. “Peeps” Holsclaw, Sr., age 78, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from Franklin Woods Community Hospital. John was born in Elizabethton to the late Fred and Susan Harmon Holsclaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Hendrix Holsclaw; an infant daughter, Christy Michelle Holsclaw; two brothers, Charlie Holsclaw and Claude Holsclaw; and two sisters, Pauline Shell and Ola Campbell. John attended East Tennessee State...
Keith Allen Garland 12/03/2018
Keith Allen Garland November 30, 2018 Date of Interment: December 3, 2018 Interment Location:  Christus Garden   Keith Allen Garland, 59, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Garland was a member of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church and he loved to sing about the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dillie Garland, and brother, Darrell Garland. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dremma Garland; brother, Byron Garland and his wife, Peggy, Greg Garland and his wife, Georgia, one special brother, Abraham, several nieces and nephews.  Also Keith...
Helen Hughes 12/03/2018
Helen Hughes November 29, 2018 Date of Interment: December 3, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Prayer   Helen Hoss Hughes, age 90, of Johnson City, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Helen was born to the late James Garfield Hoss and Myrtle Crumley Hoss and grew up in the Shell Creek Community of Carter County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Hughes; her eldest daughter, Sandra Jean May; two brothers, Carl Hoss and Paul Hoss; and five sisters, Lillian Ellis, Ruth...
Steve Dugger 12/01/2018
Steve Dugger November 26, 2018 Date of Service: December 1, 2018 Interment Location:  Dogwood Section   Steve Dugger, age 60, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord from Duke University on Monday, November 26, 2018, following a courageous battle. Steve was born in Elizabethton to Walter Clyde Dugger and Norma Ruth Irick Dugger, of Elizabethton. Steve was a loving husband and father and was a very active member of Valley Forge United Methodist Church. He retired from the Carter County Highway Department, where he had worked on the paving crew. Steve enjoyed participating in Revolutionary War Re-Enactments with the re-enactment...

Nov 2018

Name Date of Service
M. Paul Knapp 11/30/2018
M. Paul Knapp, Minister November 26, 2018 Date of Service: November 30, 2018 Interment Location:  Mausoleum of Peace   Mr. M. Paul Knapp, minister, age 94, of Elizabethton, TN was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 26, 2018. He was born in Alton, IL the son of the late Charles and Alice Knapp. Mr. Knapp joined the Marines at the age of seventeen. He was a Line Sergeant of a machine gun squad and served in Bougainville, was wounded by shrapnel on Guam and had a gunshot wound to the chest on Okinawa. He was discharged...
John Daniel Ornduff 11/29/2018
John Daniel "Dan" Ornduff November 25, 2018 Date of Service: November 29, 2018 Interment Location:  Garden of Freedom   John Daniel “Dan” Ornduff, age 77, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his residence. Dan was born in Elizabethton to the late Wylie and Helen Sneed Ornduff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Buford Ornduff. Dan was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had been employed as a truck driver for General Shale for over 40 years and was of the Baptist faith. Dan enjoyed camping, trucks and motorcycles. Those...
Helen M. Duncan 11/29/2018
Helen M. Duncan November 25, 2018 Date of Service: November 29, 2018 Interment Location: Masonic Garden        Helen Marie Duncan, 88, Elizabethton passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 in the Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness. A native of Butler, she was a daughter of the late William Andrew Duncan, Sr. & Eliza Greenwell Duncan. She was a graduate of Elizabethton High School.   Helen was a retired Secretary for the US Navy Department in Washington, D.C.   She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a...
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