Obituaries

Obituaries

Feb 2021

Name Date of Service
Audrey Virginia Talkington 02/26/2021
Audrey Virginia Talkington February 20, 2021 Date of Service: February 26, 2021 Interment Location:  Garden of Gethsemane   Audrey Virginia Talkington, age 71, of Smyrna, Tennessee, formerly of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at her home in Smyrna, Tennessee. She was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee, a daughter of Audrey Jones Fulwiler and Paul Fulwiler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Alvin Talkington, Jr.; her father-in-law, Leland Alvin Talkington, Sr. and mother-in-law, Helen Calvert Talkington; her brother-in-law, Ronny Talkington; a brother, James (Jimmy) Paul Fulwiler, II;...
Larry Gilbert Stout 02/25/2021
Larry Gilbert Stout February 21, 2021 Date of Service: February 25, 2021 Interment Location: Christus Garden   Larry Gilbert Stout, 72, Elizabethton, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, February 21, 2021 in the Johnson City Medical Center, surrounded by his family. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Gilbert Herman & Anness Guinn Stout. Larry was a 1966 graduate of Happy Valley High School. He was a retired fork lift operator for Wrenn Handling of Knoxville. Larry was a faithful and active member of Harvest Baptist Church where he had served as Music Director for several years. He had gone on several Missionary Journeys with the church....
Kenneth D. Thomas 02/25/2021
Kenneth D. Thomas February 22, 2021 Date of Service: February 26, 2021 Interment Location:  Garden of Freedom   Kenneth Dale Thomas, age 54, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Johnson City Medical Center, following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Carter County, Tennessee, he was the son of Edward Thomas and Edna Hicks Thomas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alvin E. and Orla Holtsclaw Hicks, and his paternal grandparents, Gurney and Helen Treadway Thomas; his father-in-law, Shelby Williams; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He...
James "Steve" Luethke 02/22/2021
James "Steve" Luethke February 17, 2021 Date of Service: February 22, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of Devotion   James Steven “Steve” Luethke, age 76, of Oak Ridge passed away February 17, 2021. He was a longtime member of West Village Christian Church where he served as a deacon, youth sponsor, and with many other ministries. Steve played baseball at Fulton High School and with AAA Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also loved playing tennis, watching baseball games, and camping. Steve was preceded in death by parents, James Edward & Helen Marie Luethke. Survivors include wife, Carol Luethke, son, Tommy...
Bill R. Hyder 02/21/2021
Bill R. Hyder February 16, 2021 Date of Service: February 21, 2021 Interment Location: Laurels Addition   Bill R. Hyder, age 88, of Johnson City, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from his residence. Bill was born in Carter County to the late Estal and Geneva A. Livingston Hyder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Lynn Hyder; and a brother-in-law, Herb Curde. Bill retired as a paving contractor for Hyder Paving- CAPS Construction and was a United States Air Force veteran, having served in the...
Pastor Harold Mains 02/20/2021
Pastor Harold Mains February 8, 2021 Date of Service: February 20, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of Devotion   Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5&6 Pastor Harold Mains 82, of Elizabethton TN., went to be with the Lord after a long fight with prostate cancer on Monday, February 8, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Glen Mains and Virginia Perkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
Ola Jones Hicks 02/17/2021
Ola Jones Hicks February 14, 2021 Date of Service: February 17, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of the Last Supper   Ola Hicks, age 92, of Elizabethton, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from Princeton Transitional Care in Johnson City. Ola was born in Carter County to the late Dave and Minnie Hamby Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carl Hicks; six sisters; and three brothers. Ola had worked at North American Rayon Corporation and later at Dino’s Restaurant. She was a member of...
Ruby L. Oliver 02/16/2021
Ruby L. Oliver February 12, 2021 Date of Service: February 16, 2021 Interment Location: Crown Section   Ruby Lois Oliver, 89, Elizabethton, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Murray James & Loretta Cassie Grindstaff Oliver. She was retired from American Air Filter. She loved to read her Bible. She was a member of Dungan Chapel Baptist Church. During her stay there she was known as the Mayor of Courtyard Apartments. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, several great great nieces & nephews and several great...
Herbert Warren Collins 02/16/2021
Herbert Warren Collins February 12, 2021 Date of Service: February 16, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of Gethsemane   Dr. Herbert Warren Collins, age 99, of Elizabethton, TN passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 7, 2021. He was born in Kingsport, TN to Pryor and Bettie Collins. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942. During World War II, he served 14 months with the Air Force weather service in a Canadian Arctic outpost. While there he was gifted with a dog from Harry Gibbons which began his dog team. He...
Harmon Edmison Jr. 02/15/2021
Harmon "Bill" Edmison, Jr. February 11, 2021 Date of Service: February 15, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of Prayer   Harmon “Bill” Edmison, Jr., 89, Elizabethton, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021 at his residence after a brief illness. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Harmon & Mary Cleo Hart Edmison. Bill was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired employee of North American Rayon corporation after 40 years of service. He also worked with the US Forestry Service for 4 years. Harmon was a...
James A. Carrier 02/13/2021
James A. Carrier February 10, 2021 Date of Service: February 13, 2021 Interment Location: Garden of the Last Supper   James A. Carrier, age 79, of Elizabethton, TN passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at his residence. He was born to the late Earnest and Donna Francisco Carrier. Jim was of the Christian faith and was an U.S. Army veteran. He began his career with newspapers at the Elizabethton Star at the young age of 12. He later became a pressman for Rockwell Graphics Systems and owned and operated PDQ Printers of Elizabethton. He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School...
Mary Irene Miller 02/10/2021
Mary Irene Miller February 7, 2021 Date of Service: February 10, 2021 Interment Location:  Sermon on the Mount   Mary Irene Miller, 90, of Elizabethton, died peacefully at her home on February 7, 2021 from a brief illness. Mary was born in Johnson County on May 31, 1930, but lived most of her life in Carter County, graduating from Elizabethton High School. Mary worked at Anderson’s Supermarket, Smithdeal’s Supermarket, White’s Supermarket, Canteen Food Service and retiring from Mountain States Health Alliance. She was a member of Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church but had been attending Charity Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She...
Dorothy Christine Forbes 02/10/2021
Dorothy Christine Forbes February 8, 2021 Date of Service: February 9, 2021 Interment Location:  Gethsemane   Dorothy Christine “Miss Dottie” Forbes, age 83, Elizabethton, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Life Care Center of Elizabethton. A native of Roan Mountain , she was a daughter of the late Jacob & Blanche Arnett Guinn. Dorothy, lovingly known as “Miss Dottie”, was born May 30, 1937. She was preceded in death by her husband William “Billy” Forbes who died October 26, 2013, by three sisters: Sarah Whitehead, Myrtle Elliott, Rhoda Lea McKinney and Three brothers: George Guinn, Thomas Guinn and Otis Guinn....
Roger Paul Smith 02/09/2021
Roger Paul Smith February 8, 2021 Date of Service: February 9, 2021 Interment Location:  Gethsemane   “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 Roger Paul Smith, 75, of Elizabethton, passed away at his home on Monday, February 8, 2021. He was born in Elizabethton, TN and was the son of the late Hobert and Sevilla Glass Smith. In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his...
Roger Dale Ledford 02/07/2021
Roger Dale Ledford January 29, 2021 Date of Service: February 7, 2021 Interment Location:  Masonic Garden   Roger Dale Ledford, 70, Elizabethton, passed away peacefully, January 29, 2021 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital with his wife by his side. He was a son of the late Frank and Bertha Guinn Ledford. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Charlie & J.D. Ledford, his sister: Mary Alice Culler. His son Travis Birchfield and Casey Birchfield. He said because he loved their mother he loved her children, his brother-in-law Dean Malone and his nephew Rick Culler. He had many aunts, uncles &...
Billy "Peewinkle" Mathis 02/07/2021
Billy "Peewinkle" Mathis February 3, 2021 Date of Service: February 7, 2021 Interment Location:  Christus Garden   Billy “Peewinkle” Mathis, age 81, of Elizabethton, Tennessee went to be with his lord on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from Signature Health Care of Elizabethton. He was the son of the late Howard and Gladys Mathis. Billy served in the Army and later retired as a nurse’s assistant from the VA. Following his retirement he also worked at Ingles for several years. He was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church for many years. Billy was a good family man who loved to watch...
Charles Caudill Speer Jr 02/06/2021
Charles Caudill Speer, Jr. February 1, 2021 Date of Service: February 6, 2021 Interment Location:  Crown Section   Mr. Charles Caudill "Charlie" Speer, age 76, of Boone, passed away Monday morning, February 1, 2021 at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living. Born January 20, 1945 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Charles Clayton and Anna Davis Speer. A graduate of ETSU, Charlie was an accounting professor at Appalachian State University for over 30 years. He enjoyed his work, and was recognized as the Accounting Educator of the Year. Charlie enjoyed fresh water and salt water fishing. He also enjoyed...
Buddy R. Elliott Sr. 02/05/2021
Buddy R. Elliott, Sr. January 30, 2021 Date of Service: February 5, 2021 Interment Location:  Dogwood Section   Buddy R. Elliott, Sr., 86, on the morning of January 30, 3021, joined his wife, Lorraine Elliott in their heavenly home. He was a native of Carter County, and was the son of the late Isaac and Edith Campbell Elliott. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Elliott. He served in the United States Army. He was a truck driver. Buddy loved to socialize with numerous life long friends and attend church. Those left to cherish his memory are United...

Jan 2021

Name Date of Service
Diane "Cookie" Snavely Sluder 01/29/2021
Diane "Cookie" Snavely Sluder January 21, 2021 Date of Service: January 29, 2021 Interment Location:  Niche of Faith   Diane Cookie Snavely Sluder, 62, Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late John Thomas & Virginia McKinney Snavely. Diane was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. She loved working in her flowers, going camping, but her greatest enjoyment was her grandchildren. She was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of...
Reverend Michael Ward Carver Sr. 01/28/2021
Rev. Michael Ward Carver, Sr. January 24, 2021 Date of Service: January 28, 2021 Interment Location:  Masonic Garden   II Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” On January 24, 2021, Reverend Michael Ward Carver, Sr. of Elizabethton, Tennessee, successfully completed 74 years of his earthly journey and now continues his eternal life in the presence and glory of the One he loved most, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Mike was a 1964 graduate of...
Edward L. Vanover 01/26/2021
Edward L. Vanover January 22, 2021 Date of Service: January 26, 2021 Entombment Location:  Mausoleum of Faith   Edward Lee Vanover, age 85, of Johnson City, TN made his journey home on Friday, January 22, 2021 at his residence. Edward was born in Elizabethton, TN to the late William Staton Vanover and Hildred Turner Hubbard. Edward was the business owner of Vanover Roofing Inc for over 40 years. He was a loving and caring man with many leadership attributes. Edward was very hardworking and would take the hard right over easy wrong in all that he did. Edward loved his...
David Larry Stout 01/23/2021
David Larry Stout December 24, 2020 Date of Service: January 23, 2021 Interment Location:  Southview Section   David Larry Stout, age 74, of Johnson City, TN passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at his residence after a lengthy illness. David was born on November 15, 1946 to the late James P. and Mattie Stout. David was the youngest of four children, and was a musician for many years. He traveled playing music in several states and also played locally with the Dave Friday band. David loved his family and friends, and was especially close to his sister, Keeva Ann...
Arlane Pearson Archer 01/23/2021
Arlane Pearson Archer January 19, 2021 Date of Service: January 23, 2021 Interment Location:  Garden of Freedom   I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Arlane Pearson Archer, age 83, of Johnson City, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center from a long, courageous battle...
Randall "Randy" Allen Gissendaner 01/22/2021
Randall "Randy" Allen Gissendaner January 18, 2021 Date of Service: January 22, 2021 Interment Location:  Garden of Paradise   Randall Allen Gissendaner, 59, Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Yuma, Arizona and was a son of the late C.A. “Bud” Gissendaner and Elois Grace Gissendaner. Randall was a member of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus. First and foremost, Randy was a family man. He was happiest when he was spending time with his grandkids, playing games and making memories. He spent his week days at his...
Jesse "Jay" Robbins 01/20/2021
Jesse "Jay" Robbins January 15, 2021 Date of Service: January 20, 2021 Interment Location:  Laurels Addition   Jesse “Jay” Robbins, age 79, of Elizabethton, Tennessee passed away peacefully with family at the bedside on Friday, January 15, 2021 from heart disease. Jay was born on January 2, 1942 in New Brunswick, NJ to the late Melvin H. Robbins and Mickey Coursey. Jay was a veteran who served in the Navy from 1959- 1962. He was the Owner of Robbins Direct Marketing for 35 years. He was a member of Elizabethton Kiwanis Club. Jay married the love of his life Susanne...
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