Arthur Wayne Markland

Arthur Wayne Markland


Arthur-Wayne-Markland-9-10-17Arthur Wayne Markland

September 8, 2017

Date of Service: September 15, 2017

Interment Location: Garden of Devotion


John 11:25-26

“Jesus said to her,” I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lived and believes in me shall never die? Do you believe this?”

Arthur Wayne Markland, 69, Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 8, 2017. A life-long resident of Carter County, he was a son of the late J.N. & Amanda Jane Grindstaff Markland, his grandparents: Minnie Markland and C.H. & Nancy Grindstaff all of Elizabethton.

Wayne was a 1968 graduate of Unaka High School and was proud to have dedicated nearly three decades of his life to serving the people of Carter County as a law enforcement officer and lifetime member of the Carter County Rescue Squad.  He began his law enforcement career at the Carter County County Sheriff’s Department under former Sheriff George Papantoniou.  In 1980, he left the Sheriff’s Office to work for the Elizabethton Police Department, where he served for 16 years, before returning to where his career began to accept his new position as Chief Deputy on September 1, 1996.  He also served as an Operational Captain with the Sheriff’s Office during his time at the department. He remained with the Sheriff’s department until his retirement on June 30, 2005.  He served as Chairman of the Carter County Civil Service Board.  He along with his wife Nancy operated Nancy’s Family Restaurant in Elizabethton.

Wayne was of the Free Will Baptist Faith and was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.  He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors camping, fishing and hunting.  He was a friend and source of encouragement to many and will be remembered for his love of life and family and his willingness to help his fellow man.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife and best friend: Nancy Howell Markland:  Three Children: Tammy Ward (Danny), Richard Markland (Kristie), and Jenna Markland. Two step-Daughters:  Lynn Bolin (Andy) and Lori Helton (David); grandchildren:  Amanda Montgomery (Dean) and Chance Markland; step-grandchildren, Joshua Burrow, Emily Covarrubias, Houston Combs, Amy Bolin, Dalton Bolin; two great grandchildren Michael and Dallas Montgomery; four step great grandchildren, Eden Bolin, Arya Covarrubias, Andreyan Burrow and Hank Combs; one brother, Harold Dean Markland (Johnnie) and niece, Wendy Sams (Wayne).  Several cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Johnson and Rev. Mark Potter officiating.  Eulogies will be given by:  George Hughes and Shane Waters. Music will be by Amanda Montgomery, Robin Montgomery and Jeff Snyder.  Honors will be by Carter County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethton Police Department.  Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers who are asked to be at the funeral home by 10:15 am on Friday are:  Harold Markland, Richard Markland, Wesley Snyder, Danny Ward, Andy Bolin, Dean Montgomery, Julius Waters and James Parrish.  Honorary Pallbearers are:  Dexter Lunceford, John Henson, George Papantoniou, Roger Deal, Chance Markland, Franky Covarrubias, Bob Campbell, Dalton Bolin, Ralph Patterson, Johnny Holder, Grady Holder, Roger Hamm, John D. Snyder Jay Kyte, Kenneth Swift, Houston Combs, Freeman Taylor, Gary Hopson, David Shepherd, David Keylon, Joshua Burrow, Albert Nave, Wayne Sams, J.D. Anderson, Bradley Shove, , Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Men’s Fellowship & his Church Family,   former & present officers and staff of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethton Police Department, Former & present employees and members of the Carter County Rescue Squad, All of his much-loved patrons and staff at Wayne & Nancy’s Family Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Wayne to the building fund of Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church 1503 Riverview Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church.  Friends may also visit with the family at his residence.  Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery.  Condolences  may  be sent to the family at our web-site

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Markland family

Happy Valley Memorial Park