June 30, 2015
Date of Service: July 3, 2015
Interment Location: Christus Garden
Anna Evelyn Lyons Tester, 98, Elizabethton went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in the Johnson City Medical Center surrounded by her family and her church family. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Sam D. & Sara Ellen Arnett Lyons. She was retired from the American Bemberg Corporation. Mrs. Tester faithfully attended Zion Baptist Church where she enjoyed worshipping with her church family. She was a member of First Church of God. She loved both church families. Mrs. Tester loved working in her flowers and enjoyed sharing them with her friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Tester in 1998, by a son: Charles Tester, two sisters: Geneva Hubbard and Minnie McKeehan and seven brothers: Harrison, Anderson, Joe, Edd, Alvin, Jack & Samuel Junior Lyons.
Survivors include Matthew Hodge, who she raised as her own and is still living in the home. Her Grandsons: Mike Tester and wife Lori, Clearwater, Florida and Drew Tester and wife Jessica, Richmond, Virginia. Two Great Grandchildren: Belle & Ruby. Two Sisters: Martha Fuller, Glendale, Arizona and Mary Lou Graves and husband Godfrey, Murphy, North Carolina. Several Nieces & Nephews including a special niece, Wilma L. Hayes and her special friends: Shirley Cole, Tim McAmis , Gary Townsend, Mike’s mother, Ana Ruth Tester. and the mother of her Grandchildren: Margarette Tester.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Anna Tester will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Alan King and Pastor Bob Shupe. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 12 Noon Friday, July 3, 2015 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the church at 6:50 p.m. Thursday and also at the funeral home at 11:20 a.m. Friday will be: Kirk Hayes, Tim McAmis, Sam Lyons, Jerry Lyons, Shelby Lyons, Rick Hubbard and Bobby Babb. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Her Church family, Gary Townsend, Ralph Hyder, Caleb King and Kenneth Hayes. It was her requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Building Fund, Zion Baptist Church, 1982 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Zion Baptist Church. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 11:20 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to our web-site
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Tester family.