Paul E. Estep

Paul E. Estep

Paul E. Estep 78, Elizabethton passed away Sunday September 25, 2011 in the Johnson City Medical Center.

A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late George H. Estep, Sr. and Bessie Norris Estep. He attended Unaka High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Paul was Co-Owner of Memorial Funeral Chapel that opened in August 1972. In 2004 he was recognized by the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service in the funeral business. He was on the Board of Directors of Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank. He was a member of the following organizations: Dashiell Masonic Lodge # 238, A 32nd Degree Mason, The American Legion Post Watauga 49 and the Sycamore Chapter # 163, Order of Eastern Star. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters: Grace Estep and Evelyn Taylor and Two Brothers: Porter and N.D. Estep a niece: Sue Estep and a nephew: Dwight Nave.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years: Ola Maxine Elliott Estep. Two Daughters: Kim Estep Wright and husband Jeff and Jill Estep Cooper and husband Art all of Johnson City. Three Grandchildren: Chris Wright and wife Jennifer, Jordan Wright and Whitney Wright. Four Great Grandchildren. Three Brothers: Lee Edwin Estep and wife Gay and George Estep, Jr and wife Betty Jo all of Elizabethton and Huey Estep and Wife Lydia, Arcadia, California. Two Sisters-In-Law: Johnie Estep, Elizabethton and Nilene Hopkins, Johnson City. Several Nieces & Nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Chris Hughes and Rev. James Hawk officiating.

Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Richard Estep officiating. Music will be provided by Debbie Gouge. Active Pallbearers will be Employees and Former Employees of Memorial Funeral Chapel and his nephews. Honorary Pallbearers will be The Board of Directors and employees of Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion and Tennessee National Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery.

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Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Happy Valley Memorial Park