January 11, 2015
Date of Service: January 14, 2015
Interment Location: Mausoleum of Peace
Ray Don Markland, Sr., 82, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. He was the son of the late John and Connie Wilson Markland and was a native of Carter County.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hattie Wilson, two brothers, Clarence and Carl Markland and his father and mother-in-law, Grant and Maude Bullock.
Mr. Markland was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation with more than forty years of service.
He was an active member of Borderview Christian Church, serving as an elder, trustee, and former Sunday School teacher. He also served on several ministry teams and committees throughout his over fifty years of service to the church.
He enjoyed coaching softball teams for many years, in the community as well as the church. He was an avid Lady Vols fan, enjoyed working in his bee stands, working in his “shop”, gardening, and perfecting the art of lawn care. One of his greatest joys was helping others.
Ray was a devoted husband to his wife of fifty-five years, Charlotte Bullock Markland, of the home; devoted father to his only son, Ray Don Markland, Jr., loving father-in-law to Ray Don’s wife, Suzette Warren Markland, and dearly loved his “adopted” grandson, Chris Timmons. He is also survived by a sister, Ruby Bice, a brother, Kenneth Markland and his wife, Donna, two sisters-in-law, Betty Markland and Jane Fletcher and her husband, Clint. In addition he is survived by several nieces, nephews, and special friends: Betty Little, Lawrence Ritchie, Wayland and Dorothy Mays and Jody and JoAnn Crowe.
A service to honor the life of Mr. Markland will be conducted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Borderview Christian Church at 7:00 PM with Mr. Scott Fisher and Mr. Ken Overdorf, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Scott Reynolds, Ms. Susan McNabb and Ray Don Markland, Jr. The family will receive friends in the church from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Tuesday prior to the service or at the home at other times.
The Committal and Entombment service will be conducted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Mausoleum of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Steve Burrough, Jr., Jody Crowe, Paul Dickson, Randy Hardin, James Hughes, Lawrence Ritchie, Chris Timmons, Danny Little and Ted Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Bowers, James Counts, Harold Hicks, Pen Hampton, Joel Norris, the Church Family, and Hubert “Shube” Estep. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:15 AM on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Borderview Christian Church, 1338 Bristol Hwy., Elizabethton, TN 37643.