James O. Slemp
July 19, 2019
Date of Service: July 22, 2019
Interment Location: Dogwood Section
James Oliver “Jim” Slemp, 78, Elizabethton went to be with his Lord, Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Oliver S. & Winnie Wilson Slemp. Jim was a 1959 graduate of Happy Valley High School. He was retired from the Southern Railway Company after 25 years of service in the Richmond, Virginia Division. After retirement Jim & Ann returned to Elizabethton from Burkeville, Virginia where they lived for 20 years. He was a member of the Burkeville Fire Department for 17 years upon departure was awarded an Honorary Membership. He was also a member of the Town Council of Burkeville. After returning to Elizabethton he was employed as an Assistant Superintendent with the Carter County Highway Department. Jim loved his church, Oak Street Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and hunter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Hasferd Slemp and his brothers & sisters-In-law: Lena Rowe, Joan Faulkner, Sue Hill, Homer Hyder and Richard Hyder.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years: Ann Hyder Slemp. His Children: Francie (Scott) Elrod, Johnson City, James Oliver Slemp, Jr.(Anita), Mercersburg, Pa. and Scotty Slemp, Elizabethton. Six Grandsons: Nathan, Nick, Connor Slemp, Tre Brown, Alex & Jacob Tolley. His sister: Marti Tuelle. His brothers: John L. (Betty) Slemp, Jerry (Janice) Slemp and Johnny Trivette. Several nieces & nephews. His Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Jean Slemp, Virginia Coleman, Shirley Crigger, Diana Bowman, Doug Hyder and Robert (Bob) Hyder.
A Service to celebrate the life of Jim Slemp will be conducted at 12 Noon Monday, July 22, 2019 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Chris Shumate officiating. Internment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by Kevin Slemp. Active Pallbearers will be: James Oliver Slemp, Jr., Scotty Slemp, Brandon Tuelle, Thomas Isaacs, Mike McKinney, Greg Hyder, Mark Mallasch, Tre Brown, and Scott Elrod. Honorary Pallbearers will be: his church family, all his golfing buddies and his hunting buddies. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Jim to “We Love Our Church”, Oak Street Baptist Church, 804 Oak Street, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour at 12 noon Monday. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Slemp family