41, 1430 Piedmont St. Johnson City, TN. departed this life Monday May 18, 2015 at his residence. He was preceded in
death by his father William Terry Edwardson and brother Sedrick Edwardson Sr. Survivors include; His wife Mrs. Vanetta
Belcher Edwardson, Girls: Mia Edwardson, Malayna Edwardson, Gabrielle Edwardson, stepdaughter Alexis Cole Mother; Mrs.
Glenda Kay Edwardson, Johnson City, TN. Brother: Steve Edwardson, Sister: Ms. Lisa Edwardson, Nephews: Jerry Hayes and
Sedrick Edwardson Jr.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00am Saturday May 23, 2015 at Birchette
Mortuary Inc. "Chapel of Love" the family will received friends from 10:30am until the hour of service. Rev William
J. Reid officiating.
Mary E. Shade
Mary Shade, 87 entered into rest peacefully on May 7, 2015
at her home. She was born February 22,1928 to the late Albert Joseph Tate and Ms. Minnie Beatrice Rutherford Tate. She was
a native of Marion, NC and moved to Johnson City, TN years later; where she was a member of Thankful Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by, her husband Robert H. Shade, one sister and thirteen brothers. She
leaves behind to mourn her passing; one son, Robert T. Shade, and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family of Mary
Shade would like to thank MSHA Hospice, Mr. and Mrs. Hall, and Thomas C. McKee for their consistent care.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Birchette
Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at 11:30pm prior to the services.
Dwyane L. Welch, was a
Johnson City, TN throughout his entire life. He will join waiting
for him in Paradise, his loving Mother Mrs. Gwendolyn Teresa Welch.Dwyane
enjoyed rap music, watching movies, having fun with friends, and most
of all, he loved hanging out with his Beloved Big Brother Arthur Welch III.
He leaves to cherish his memory; His loving Brother, Arthur Welch
III, Two Sisters, Henrietta Rullan(Edgar) and Gwynn
Welch-Fields(Richard). He also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family
was a very fun loving, special person and will be
Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday May 11, 2015 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive at 12:00pm prior
to the Services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery.
Denise Shade, age, 51, passed away on May 4th, 2015 peacefully at her home in Gray, TN with her husband by her side . A native
of Johnson City,Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Gertrude Shade.
In addition to her parents, Tammy was preceded in death
by her brother, Ronald Shade, two sisters, Jacqueline Shade and Katherine Shade; as well as other family members. She is survived
by her devoted husband, Dennis Jones; two sisters, Gloria Holloway and Sharon Shade both of Johnson City. She is also survived
by several nieces, great nieces and a great nephew.
Tammy's family would like to thank Avalon Hospice, her friends at CrossLife Church in
Johnson City, as well as those who offered spiritual support and words of encouragement during this time. .
will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary
family will receive at
12:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City.
September 12, 1977-April 30, 2015
We regretfully announce the passing
of Keturah Jennings.
Keturah was born September 12, 1977 in New York City. She is survived by her
mother, Deborah Adams of Jamica, NY., and her two children Dae and Devon Jennings
of Johnson City, TN. Keturah will
be returned to New York for
services at a later date.
Burrell Jr.Brigham was born 10-4-1942 and was called home 4-15-2015 He was proceed in death
by his wife Margaret Ann Brigham and parents.Bernice Summers and Burrell Sr.Brigham.
He lives behind a caring and loving fiance' Eve Brady. 3 sons 2 of Johnson City, Tennessee,Burrell III
and Tyrone Brigham,Titus wife(Jessica) of Flordia Ocala .7 grandchildren
,and several nieces and nephews
and a loving community of family and friends
A Memorial Service will held at 3:00pm on Friday April 24, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary
Constance Earnestine Carson
Sunrise 4/22/1960 - Sunset 4/15/2015
Constance Earnestine Carson 54, crossed finish line to victory after
a lengthy illness.
A native of Johnson City, TN, Connie lived a great part of her life in Kingsport,
TN. After honoring & defending her country by serving in United States Army, she later moved to Harrisburg,
Connie accepted Christ
as her Savior at a young age, she attended Friendship Baptist Church of Johnson City, TN. She attended Dobyns-Bennett
High School and graduated from Science Hill High School (Class of 78’). She studied at East Tenn. State University
and Northeast State Community College.
Connie enjoyed reading, planting flowers, trips to the Smokies and spending time with her
granddaughter Kalyna, (the apple of her eye!). She also loved spending time with her nephews Ayden, Landyn,
Antonio and Noah. Connie
had a quiet and shy way about her but shared her quick wit and humor with those she knew and loved.
Preceded in death by her
Father Earnest A. Carson and Step-Father, Joseph L. Gilmore, Connie leaves to mourn:
Mother Jeraldine Fields Gilmore, Johnson
City, TN. Two sons, Akeelan L. Young, Nashville, TN. and Alvin M. Young, aka Mikie, Johnson city TN. Brothers
Earnest D. Carson(Ann), Abingdon, VA, and Mose White (Christina), Todd Page-Gilmore ‘TJ‘, and Caleb Carson all
of Johnson City TN. Sisters Pamela C Rollins(Clinton) Johnson City, TN. Angela Gilmore of Kingsport TN.
A beautiful granddaughter Kalyna Young. A host of uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Special
friends include Richard Young and Wincey Copney.
A special thanks to the staff at Mountain Home Veteran Affairs and Nurse Cindy.
A celebration of Connie’s
life will be held 4:00pm on Monday 4/20/2015 at Friendship Baptist Church 522 W. Main St. Johnson City, TN. With Rev. C.H.
Charlton officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 3-4pm at the church and other times at the home of mother
Jeraldine Fields Gilmore, 514 E. Fairview Ave Johnson City, TN. Burial will be held 10:00 am Tuesday 4/21/2015 @ V.A.
cemetery Mountain Home, TN.
Georgia Lee Harris Taylor
Arrival March 9, 1943 ~ Departure April
Georgia Lee Taylor was born in York, AL to Fred, Sr. and Sarah Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willie Lee
Taylor, Sr., her brother, Fred Harris, Jr., her sister, Doris Leach and her
nephew, Fred Douglas Rogers.
Georgia Lee was a dedicated housewife who enjoyed cooking,
cleaning and caring for her family. A
cherished woman, she always put her family first. She was a loving wife, mother,
sister, aunt and grandmother who loved spending time with her children and with
her grandkids. She also enjoyed
gardening and decorating.
Cleveland, OH is where she met her beloved husband, Willie, who
swept her off of her feet for a lifelong love and companionship. They were wed
June 14, 1962, and celebrated
52 years of marriage before his passing in June 2014. Georgia Lee will be forever
loved and truly
Georgia Lee Harris Taylor leaves to mourn her passing, her
daughters, Pamela D. Taylor and Stephanie (Mechell) Smith, of Cleveland, OH;
her sons, Willie L. Taylor, Jr. of Greenville, SC and Maurice Taylor, Sr. of
Painsville, OH; her sister, Marva (Allen) Conley of Johnson City, TN; her
sister-in-law, Marilyn Harris of Elizabethton, TN; 16 adored grandchildren, 7
adored great-grandchildren and many loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on
Saturday April 18, 2015
at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm
to 1:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens.
Florence "Billie" Locke
Florence "Billie" Locke entered into
eternal rest on April 3, 2015, after a very lengthy illness at her
residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Sayers and
Elizabeth "Ann" Williams. Two brothers, Wesley
"Corneal" Sayers and Broderick "Chico" Sayers.
Survivors include a son Scott Sayers, and a daughter Samantha Dean. Siblings, Susan "Diann" Sayers,
Chesapeake, VA, Thomas "Ricky" Sayers, Johnson city, TN, Jeanne
Jackson (Plez), Hutchins, TX, Deborah Jamison (Leonard), New Castle, DE, Shonathan
"Mark" Hale, Seattle, WA, and Kelly Hale, Johnson City, TN. And several grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00p.m. Saturday April
11, 2015 at the Church of Our Lord Jesus, 1001 S. Broadway, Johnson City, TN.
Thomas James Harville
Thomas J. Harville was born to the
union of Henry and Gatsy
Harville on July 4, 1915 and departed this life on March 26, 2015 at his home.
Two other siblings were born to this union and preceded him namely Willie Nell
Harville, Johnson Cason and Housley
Thomas accepted Christ at a very
early age of 12 and was
united with Rising Star Baptist Church,-Benham, Kentucky.
Thomas married his sweetheart Wilma
on September 21, 1942
two children were born to this union- Kenneth (Dorothy) Harville and Era
The Family moved to Johnson City,
TN., on August 12, 1960,
and was united with Thankful Baptist Church. He has 6 Grandchildren; Kenneth
(Karen) Harville Jr., Todd (Ragini) Lee, Erika (Kuodjou) Nasah, Jasmine Potter,
Brianne Murray, and Cody Forbes and 10
Great-Grandchildren to Cherish his
Loving memories along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, other relatives,
and devoted care givers.
Harville is a member of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity and also
Phi Delta Kappa.
His civic and board affiliations
included Washington and
Carter County Red Cross, Broadside TV Commission, Senior Citizen Advisory,
Watauga Mental Health, Housing Authority Commission, and Pro-To- Club Inc.
Achievements, awards and recognitions
included but not
limited to being on of the Directors of the first Team Teaching experiment in the
Southeastern United States, Adjunct Instructor at Tusculum College, Tusculum,
TN. He also supervised curriculum revision mapping at Elizabethton High School.
Harville has a Trustee and Man of the Year of Thankful Baptist Church. He received
the Lifelong Achievement award
presented by the Black Faculty of East Tennessee State University, News Channel
11 Hometown Hero Award, and Elizabethton-Carter County Educators Hall of Fame
Funeral Services will
be held at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave., in Johnson City on
March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm. The family will receive friends from 11:00am-
12:00pm prior to the services.
Edward Williams Jr.
Sunrise 12/13/48 - Sunset 02/17/15
Services will be held at 1:30pm on Monday March 2 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City. The family will receive friends
from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the church prior to the services.
Beloved father, grandfather, great
grandfather, uncle and
friend went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 17 at the Johnson
City Medical center. David was the final surviving child of the late Mrs.
Willie C. Evans. David was preceded in death by his mother, Willie C. Evans, 9 brothers,
and daughter Susan Evans.
David was born on January 24, 1937
in Whitesburg, Tn.
David attended Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough, TN and Langston
High School in Johnson City, TN. David worked in the trucking industry for many
years before retiring in 2009.
David was affectionately called "pappy"
who knew him. He had a big presence in the lives of many and many times
"the life of the party". David was a very giving man and always
willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. David loved his family and his
David leaves behind three children
Ronald Evans, Nannette
Evans and Diane Evans Austin, 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a
host nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. David also leaves behind two dogs,
Red and Spot.
A memorial service honoring David's
legacy will be held
on Saturday, February 28th at 1PM. The service will take place at Faith Miracle
Sanctuary Christian Worship Center:
906 Grover Street, Johnson City,
TN 37659. The family
requests donations for medical expenses in lieu of flowers be sent to Lanisha
Evans: 1264 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37934.
Michael “Whitt” Whittington,
age 60, died Monday
evening February 16, 2015, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee
following a brief illness. He is
preceded in death by his son Michael G. Whittington and parents Harrison, Sr.
and Mary Whittington.
He retired in October 2014 from CSX Railroad after 37plus
years of service. A dedicated employee, his co-workers were considered a second
family. During his employment with CSX he traveled extensively throughout the
Southeastern United States where he and his co-workers made repairs to the
railroad track system.
He graduated from SHHS in 1973 and also attended Dunbar
and North Side Elementary schools. As a Boy Scout during his youth, Michael
gained valuable life skills and reinforced his personal values. His spiritual
life included being a long-time member of Thankful Baptist Church. He also served
in the Navy and was stationed
in San Diageo, California for a period of time.
An avid sports fan, Michael enjoyed watching and discussing basketball
and football games with his friends. His
favorite sports teams were the L.A. Lakers and Dallas Cowboys.
A devoted husband and father, he leaves behind to
cherish his memory his loving wife of 39 years, Carrie Goines Whittington and
three children, O’Bryan, Mary, and Marlene; one grandchild Ke’Zion Prince
Michael; two sisters Deborah (Roland) Williams and Karen Goddard and one
brother Harrison (Nina) Whittington, Jr., and his mother-in-law, Virginia
Goines; several sister-in-laws and brothers-in-laws; along with many nieces and
nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Special thanks and appreciation are extended to the
medical staff at the Johnson City Medical Center and Vanderbilt Hospital for
their skillful medical care and comforting ways during Michael’s time in their
services will be held at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson
City, TN. Sunday on Feb.22 at 4:00P.M. The family will receive friends, prior
to the beginning of the funeral service, from 2:30pm. to 4:00pm.
Loretta Hunter Smith
Loretta Hunter Smith was born on January 7, 1931,
in Johnson City, Tennessee to the late Morris Hunter, Sr. and Alberta Young
Hunter Holden. She was of the Baptist
She attended Johnson City Schools. She
was employed by Memorial Hospital,
Johnson City Veteran's Administration and Asbury Center. She enjoyed being with
her family, traveling
with the YaYa Girls and taking care of the elderly and disabled.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen
Loretta Smith Gillenwater; sisters, Jacquetta Hunter Mathis and Linda Darnell
Austin; brother, Morris Hunter, Jr.
She was married to the late Jack Kaywood Smith
and that union was blessed with 8 children:
Daughters, Carla Forney, Jacquella (Rick) Hall of Johnson City, Bobbie
Smith, Augusta, Georgia, Faye (Cleo) Ellis of Powell, Tennessee; Sons, Ronald
(Gwen) Smith, James (Sarah) Smith of Johnson City and Fred (Dorothy Moore)
Smith of Kingston, Tennessee. Along with
these seven children, she leaves to cherish her memories, 16 grandchildren, 45
great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, 9 nieces, 7 nephews, and
a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews; Cousins, Haseltine Howard,
Tennessee and Diane Stevenson, Florissant, Illinois. She also leaves a host of
friends and other relatives including her children of 9th Avenue, whom she
loved very much.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday
February 20, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm-2:00pm prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Park
and Recreation Foundation for the Kiwanis Park Playground Fund Contact:
Janice Sanders Nelson, 67, Piney Flats, surrounded by her
family, departed this life on Friday afternoon, February 13, 2015, at Johnson
City Medical Center, following a series of health complications.
She was born on January 2, 1948, the eldest child of the
late William “PJ” Sr. and Anne Turner Sanders of Johnson City, Tennessee, both,
predeceased her in 2012.
She attended Dunbar Elementary School and Langston High
School. Following the desegregation of Johnson City Public Schools, she became
one of the first black students to attend Science Hill High School and
graduated in 1966. She continued her education at Steed Business College.
Following the completion of her formal education, she
accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington,
D.C. where she resided for several years before transferring to Bridgeforth,
West Virginia where she remained until her retirement which culminated in
thirty-one years of service to the federal agency.
It was following her transfer to the West Virginia office
that Janice met and married the “love of her life”, George Nelson. Following
retirement and her desire to return
to East Tennessee, she and George moved in 2000 to Piney Flats, where they
enjoyed retirement until his death on May 16, 2008.
At a young age, Janice joined St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church,
where she thrived in her spiritual training and participated in Sunday School,
Youth, and Young Adult activities until she moved from the area.
In addition to enjoying her hobby of doll making and collecting
dolls, she belonged to the All God’s Children Collectors Club.
In addition to being predeceased by her husband and parents,
she lost “Little Nikki”, her beloved pet and companion of several years.
Janice leaves to cherish her memories, four brothers:
William Sanders, Jr., Alan Sanders (Lisa), Michael Sanders, Arthur Sanders
(Angela); two sisters: Angela Sanders (Art) and Gail Sanders, all of Johnson
City. A host of nieces and nephews and special friends: Carolyn Hall, Brenda
Watson, Brenda Maxwell and Pauletta Turner.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 19,
2015 from 12 to 1 PM at Birchette Mortuary to be followed immediately by a
memorial service in celebration of her life to be officiated by Dr. Juanita
Juanita B. Landy, 89, of Johnson City left
this life for her Heavenly home on February 11, 2015. Patiently awaiting her
arrival was her
beloved husband of 64 years, Arthur.
Their union was blessed by three children, David Eli Landy of Johnson
City, Stephen Hall Landy, MD of Memphis, and Alan Scott Landy of Johnson City;
Scott’s wife, Dr. Cathy Landy, four grandchildren, David Landy, MD, Noah Landy,
Jonathan Landy and his wife Katie, and Bethany Landy.
on September 30, 1925 in McArthur,
Ohio, Juanita was the youngest of thirteen children. Juanita was preceded by
her dearly loved
husband Arthur, parents Ralph and Clara, eight brothers; three sisters, and is
survived by one sister, Alice Graves.
graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing,
Gallipollis, Ohio, in March 1947, she then received her BS degree from the
University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Landy
served as a career VA employee at several VA Medical Centers throughout the
country as a nursing supervisor and educator.
She also worked at the Harper (Detroit), Berger (Ohio), Bent County (Colorado),
Appalachian Hall (Asheville), and Woodridge (Johnson City) community hosptials.
Juanita “Granny” to her family will be
truly missed and forever in our hearts.
A beloved mother, Juanita lived for her husband, children, and
grandchildren and chose a life of service to others. We love you Granny, “a
bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to
United Cerebral Palsy, 1825 K. Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. www.ucp.org/donate
No service is planned.
Paul Fredrick Hammonds
Paul Fredrick Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA, passed away
Saturday, February 7, 2015, at his home.
He was born February 17, 1943, in St. Charles, Virginia, son of Eva Mary Hamblin
Hammonds and the late John Earl Hammonds. He graduated from Bland High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and received a degree
from Morristown College, Morristown, Tennessee.
He proudly served and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked
for Watkins Motor Lines and store management at the Kroger Company.
In addition to his father, he is preceded in death
by his son, Carlos Hammonds; and a brother, Don Carlos Hammonds.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Cathy
M. Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA; his mother, Eva Mary Hammonds; sons, Jeffery Hammonds, and Tim (Denise) Hammonds, both of Atlanta,
GA; daughters, Katina (Sedrick) Wiggins ,of Carrollton, GA, Eva Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA, and Katie (Nick) Jones, of Myrtle
Beach, SC; sons, Paul Hammonds, of Kennesaw, GA, and Sean McCrae, of Orlando, FL; mother-in-law, Velma Allen, of Camphill,
AL; brothers, Wesley (Charnita) Hammonds, and Adrian Hammonds, both of Johnson City, TN; uncle, Clarence Hammonds; nephews,
Westin Hammonds, of Johnson City, TN, and Jeffery Williams, of Detroit, MI; niece, Doneta Lake, of Detroit, MI; great nephews,
Marcel Lake and Deon Williams, of Detroit, MI; great nieces, Micah Lake and Morgan Lake, both of Detroit, MI; brothers-in-law,
Robert (Mary) Williams, of Bowdon, GA, Mark (Hattie) Allen, of Dadeville, AL, Velpo Allen, of Nashville, TN, George Allen,
of Valley, AL, and Danny Allen, of Columbus, GA; sisters-in-law, Sandra Holloway, of Valley, AL, and Jackie (Bobby) Holloway,
of LaFayette, AL; seven grandchildren, Adiaha, Katilyn, Tyson, Madison, Amber, Lyric and Sydney; one great grandson, Andrew;
and his loving Pennington Gap family.
Funeral service will be conducted Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 4:00 PM from Martin
& Hightower Heritage Chapel with Bro. Robert Williams, Bro. Mark Allen, and Bro. LeRoy Holley officiating. Pallbearers
will be Nick Jones, Sedrick Wiggins, Westin Hammonds, Marcus Jackson, Ronnie Houston, James Heard and Mark Murdock.
A public viewing will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday February 15, 2015 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.
Graveside service will be held Monday, February 16, 2015, at 9:00 AM in Mountain Home
National Cemetery at 53 Memorial Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Aaron Bernard Glasper,41, passed
away February 6, 2015
at his home in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was the son of Elwood Glasper Jr.
and Pamela Smith Glasper.
Aaron was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois on June 6,
1973. He attended and graduated from Venice High School. He later attended Job
Corp. were he went on to become an Instructor. This path lead to his residency
in Tennessee. Aaron was best known for his culinary skills. His reputation and
talents with the BBQ pit, and passion for Southern cooking opened many doors
He was a member of New Hope in Tennessee. He was a man
of many talents. Never turned down a challenge.
Son, Brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, friends, Aaron was
all of these and so much more. The man of the “Million Dollar” smile who did
not know a stranger. He is survived by
His Father, Elwood Glasper Jr., his 4 sisters; Anita J. Embery, Cynthia M.
Glasper, Diana L. Glasper, Marquetta R. Harrison, and his 2 brothers Emmett E.
Glasper and Anthony A. Glasper, 18 nieces and nephews and a 5 great niece and
nephews. His mother Pamela S Glasper, proceeded him in death in 1990.
The Memorial service will be held on February 11, 2015,
1:00pm at The Birchette Mortuary Chapel, the family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Chapel
Dinner for family and
friends @ Carver Recreation Center from 2-5PM
322 West Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604
Jesse D. Robinson Jr.
Robinson Jr., was a WWII veteran serving
for years in the Army, Stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge he
married his first wife, Adie Mae. The marriage lasted 43 years until her death
in 1995, and had three children.
Jessie is survived by his second wife Donna, of 19
years. His three children, Keith, Vanessa, and Tysha; Three Granddaughters,
Kimberly, Dion, and Nastassia; One Sister Genoice; Two Sons-in-law; One Brother
-in-law; One sister-in-law,;Five Great-Granddaughters, and several nieces,
nephews, and other family members.
Funeral Services will be at 12:00pm on Tuesday
February 10, 2015, at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive
friends at 11:00am prior to the services.
48 years old, Johnson City, TN. entered into the precious arms of Jesus
on Saturday, January 31, 2015 after a very lengthy illness. He worked at
Texas Instruments. Charles attended Grace Temple Church Eternal Life Center and
was saved at the age of 13 under Dr. Iona Locke. Charles was preceded in
death by his father, Dennis Franklin Inman; sister, Evangelist Teresa A. Hale
Rhea; nephew Phillip NeAaron Rhea. Charles leaves to mourn in his passing
his mother, Ms. Lena Octavia Hollie; his sisters, Wilmetta Collie (Johnnie),
Norma "Susie" Inman; his bothers, James, Michael Kitt Jr., Franklin
Inman, and brother in-law Joe Rhea; Nephews: Thomas Hale, Joseph Rhea, James
Rhea, and King Kitt. Nieces: Kissena Kornegay Sheets (Robert), Ebony Roundtree,
and Zakayla Kitt.
great nieces and nephews Preston Rhea, David Hall Jr. Talita Kitt, Nuveja and
Shamote Mims, and Jazara Jackson.
stranger. Special friends: Janice Spuergon, Kay Love, Richard Cole, and Babby
Barner. Special thanks to our Nephew Joseph Rhea for your continuous care. We
are forever grateful for you. Charlie enjoyed various music, singing, and fashion.
Thank you so
much for every act of kindness shown to the family. God Bless you.
Hollie and Inman
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm
on Thursday February 5, 2015 at Grace Temple Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30pm-1:00pm prior to the services.
Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens.
Sallie D. Hamilton
Sallie D. Hamilton , 57,
of Johnson City, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2015, at the
Johnson City Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was born
September 14, 1957 in Johnson City. She
was a graduate of Science Hill High School. She was employed by Aid &
Assist at Home. Sallie attended Church of Our Lord Jesus.
Sallie enjoyed playing softball
and had played with various
teams in Johnson City. Sallie was a
wonderful sister and friend and the most dedicated and proud mother.
She was the daughter of the late
Gilbert F. and Sarah W.
Hamilton. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Gilbert F.
Hamilton Jr. and Kenneth J Hamilton; Brother-in-law Donnal Charles.
Survivors include the light of her
life her daughter, Sheri
Lee Hamilton (Steve Taylor); Sisters Pastor Cora Lee Hamilton, Kathy Hamilton
Charles, Helen Hamilton Whittington, and Dorothy E. Hamilton; Brother Melvin
Mack Hamilton (Linda); Special Sister Nancy Simpson; Special Brothers Fletcher
Birchette, III and William Rhea. A host of nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Services will be Tuesday,
February 3, 2015 at
4:30 p.m.at Church of Our Lord Jesus, 1001 S. Broadway, Johnson City, TN with
Elder Mark A. Redd officiating. The
family will receive friends starting at 3:00 p.m. prior to the services.
Sherry Angela Greenlee
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Sherry Angela Greenlee
unexpectedly, went home to be with the Lord. She was born October 16, 1956 to
the late Barbara Greenlee. Sherry was educated in the Johnson City school
system. She was a member of the Youth Department at Friendship Baptist Church.
Leaving Johnson City at an early age she made her home in Flint, Michigan where
she resided until returning to Johnson City in August of 2014. She was employed
with the Alternative Services of Flint, Michigan. Sherry was so full of Life!
She loved laughing and joking with friends and family members. Her employment
at Whittmore Lake Nursing Home in Whittmore Lake, Michigan, allowed her time to
shower the patients with her love and laughter. Her children and grandchildren
were the center of her life. Sherry was known for her excellent cooking
abilities, a trait she learned while growing up in the home of her late
grandmother, Thelma Greenlee. She was always willing and happy to prepare
whatever foods were needed whenever asked. Sherry never met a stranger; she
would talk to you and become your friend immediately.
preceded in death by her late daughter, DeAundra
Greenlee, her mother, Barbara Greenlee, Grandparents, Herbert and Thelma
Greenlee, and Uncle, Herbert Greenlee Jr., and Aunt, Mary Kate Greenlee.
to mourn her passing, two Daughters: Tanisha
Greenlee, and DeAisha Greenlee. Grandchildren: Lamond Abernathy, Dequarion
Greenlee, Najee Greenlee, and Shari Greenlee, all of Flint, Michigan. One
sister, Carmela (David) Cox, Charlotte, NC. Three Brothers: Michael Greenlee of
Texas, William Carlton Greenlee, Durham, NC., And Dana (Vongreay) Harris,
Charlotte, NC. Five Nephews: Austin Greenlee, Kendrick Greenlee, Donte’ Harris,
Detrich Harris, Jaeden Cox, and one Niece, Marriah Harris.
Verna Morrison, Rebecca Greenlee, Pamela
Greenlee, and Nancy Greenlee all of Johnson City, and Carolyn Greenlee of
California. Three Uncles: William Greenlee, Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee, Donald
Greenlee, and a host of other relatives and friends.
friends, Pamela (Ronny) Bolden, Dora Carson,
and Patsy Goines of Johnson City, TN., Loretta Goines , Sue Graham of South
Carolina, Eleanor Cabanne, of Texas, and Margaret & Henry Dudley of Flint,
Funeral Services will
be held at 1:00pm Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends
at 12:00pm prior to the services.
Mr. Jeffery Johnson Jr.
Jeffery Johnson passed peacefully from this life the morning of January 15th
2015 at 1:05 am at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee
after a sudden decline in health. He was surrounded and supported by his love
ones and caregivers during the last days of her life. Pa Jeff was born in Lofa
Africa, move to the United States and have since resided in Johnson City,
Jeffery Johnson or Pa Jeff as he is commonly called is survived by his wife Ma
Adja; Six (6) Children: MJ, Fanta, fatu, Princess, Yatta, and George Johnson.
Fifteen (15) Grandchildren: Aziz, Nuch, Blessing, Eric, Anointing, Jeffery
Johnson, Cecelia, Courage, Ark, Kojo, Kwesi, Lede, Elax, Kblama. A host of
other relatives and In-Laws: Youngor Duanah, P. Berechiah Williams
`(Son-in-Law), Luzzi Zaza, Opata Lawrence, Kiki. Thanks to the Liberian and
African immigrant community in the United States, Friends, and Churches for all
your Support at this time of our bereavement. Special thanks to Bishop Dale
Roberts the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Birchette
Mortuary, and West Lawn Cemetery Directors.
memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 5:30pm. Location:
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Johnson City, TN 37601, In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to (1726 Dave Buck Rd. Apt. 303 Johnson
City, TN 37601).
Aretha O. Scott
Aretha O. Scott
went on to meet the Lord at her
home, on January 16, 2015, after a lengthy illness.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Elnora Petty Dickenson and
Robert Dickenson.Aretha Scott graduated from Science Hill High School in 1980
and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree Organizational Management at
Tusculum College in May of 2012. She was on leave from Century Link.
Aretha was a singer/songwriter, an author, an
encourager, a soldier in the Lord’s army, and a friend to all. Most of all,
Aretha was a survivor of not only cancer, but life. She knew that God was in
control and her courage to endure was an inspiration. She had a wonderful
support system in her family and some very special and close friends.
She leaves to mourn her passing three close
cousins, Angela M. Locke, Carolyn R. White, and Lanetta E. White, other
treasured relatives, some very close friends which she considered family, and a
host of friends.
Home going Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday,
January 23, 2015, at Grace Temple Church, 208 Garden Drive, Johnson City, TN,
with Pastor Mark Redd officiating.
The Burial will follow at the Washington County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm to 1:00 p.m.
Warmest thanks go to all of the medical personnel that took precious care of
her throughout all of her illnesses. Special thanks to Dr. Charles Famoyin and
the staff of Quality of Life Healthcare.
62, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, entered into eternal rest early Thursday
morning, January 8, 2015 at her residence.
Freda was born February 14, 1952 to Aquilla Lee Folston Phillips and the late William Phillips in Miami,
attended and graduated from the local public schools. She was a longtime employee
Furniture as a Professional Sprayer where she also served on the Safety
Committee until the company closed in 2001.
Freda then relocated to Winston-Salem where she was currently employed
with Flowers Baker. Throughout her
spiritual journey she was a Baptist by faith and was a member of Thankful
Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
She was faithful to the Lord, a hard worker and a devoted Mother. Freda
kept an abundance of love for her
children, grandkids and family. She was
the BEST cook in the World and was known for her fried fish and her sweet
potato pies!! She was preceded in death
by both parents and her sister Linda Carol Russaw. She leaves to ponder and
cherish her memory
three sons: Craig Phillips of Johnson City, TN; Robert Phillips, Zachary
Phillips both of Winston-Salem, NC; devoted fiancé: Robert Waymond Bailey of
Winston-Salem, NC; a sister: Janice (JC) Phillips: two brothers: William Robert
(June) Phillips, Jr. of Palm Coast, FL; Carl Franklin (Terry) Phillips of
Johnson City, TN; seven grandchildren; three nieces, two nephews and other
family and friends. Graveside service
will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at West Lawn Cemetery at 11am. Family
will receive friends immediately after at
Carver Recreation Center. Arrangements
are by Roberts Funeral Service of Winston-Salem.
Mable Inez Williams Glaspie
Williams Glaspie March 1, 1936-January 14, 2015, born Landrum, SC, to
the late Mary Louise Jackson Williams
Henderson and Edward Louis Williams, Sr. Mrs. Williams, Mable and Edward moved
to Johnson City in 1942 and resided at 200 Fall Street (Garden Drive). Years
later, the family moved to 400 Wilson
Ave. Mable’s home place. She was educated
in Johnson City’s segregated school system at Dunbar Elementary and graduated
from Langston High School in 1959. Mable
was preceded in death by her husband Will Glaspie and her brother Edward Lewis
Williams¸ Jr. She is a retired employee
of the Watauga Mental Health Center.
When God chose you,
He knew you would fulfill his plans to influence so, so many.
SHE RESIDES IN GLORY, SHE AWAITS: her Sister Mary Alexander, her brother,
Nathan Henderson (Georgette), three Sons:
Danny Eugene Williams, Sr. (Carolyn), William Luther Glaspie, (Cory), Larry
Keith Glaspie (Wendy), two daughters: Tammie Glaspie Charlton and Pauletta
Glaspie, a niece Christine Rhonda Williams Daniels (Melvin) who lived with her for
several years, and a very special lifelong friend Starlett Jean Rhea Benson
Williams. Eleven Grandchildren, three
Great Grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday January 17, 2015 at Thankful Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 12:00pm
prior to the services.
James "Jack" Johnson
On Saturday, January
3, 2015, James Richard
Johnson peacefully departed this earthly home to be with his Lord and
Savior. Jack Johnson was the eldest of seven children born to
the late Richard and Ethel Wagner Johnson. Jack was Born on
April 21, 1918, in Johnson City. Jack was educated in Johnson City,
graduating from the former Langston High School in 1938. He attended
Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), until enlisting in the Army
during WW11, where he participated in the European theater. Upon returning from
the Army, he married and was employed by General Shale Brick until 1965,
when he moved to Washington, DC. He is preceded in death by his wife
Geraldine Brown Johnson and sons Leonard Cooke and James Johnson, Jr., and
survived by his daughter Montye Johnson, Sister Helen McCall of LI
NY, Grace Liles, Johnson City, and Billie Mazon, Maryland.
held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Albright United Methodist Church 409
Rittenhouse Street, NW Washington,DC 20011
Willa Mae Vaught Plair
Sunrise: July 7, 1920 - Sunset:
January 5, 2015
born in Johnson City, TN. and attended Langston
High School. She was the second of eight children of the late William and Janie
Booher Vaught. After high school Willa moved to Washington DC where she became a
LPN. She was employed at Washington
Hospital Center until her retirement.
She was predeceased
by her husband Wendell Plair, Two sisters Lillie Redd and Vera Hoosier and four
brothers Howard, Alex, David and Lester Vaught.
survived by one son Angelo B. Newman Jr. Johnson City, and two daughters
Carolyn Newman, Johnson City, and
Barbara Plair, Hyattsville MD. Two Grandchildren DeAngelo B. Newman 3rd,
Johnson City and Charlette Marie McCullough (Scott), Murfreesboro TN. Two great
grand children Xavier J. Newman and Scottie McCullough. One great-great granddaughter
Zoey McCullough. One brother William
Vaught (Dorothy), Johnson City, One brother-in-law Robert Hoosier, Johnson
City, and One Sister-in-law Addie Vaught, Detroit, Mich. A host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
There will be no formal service per her
Gwendolyn Teresa Welch
Gwendolyn Teresa Welch, was a
long time resident of Johnson City, TN, and a retired employee of the
Johnson City Medical Center. Gwendolyn was born to the late Lewis V. and
Lucy Wilson-Hill on February 2, 1940. She was a devoted Christian
and maintained her relationship with her Heavenly Father throughout her
will join a family of
angels waiting; Her Mother and Father, Her Beloved Husband Arthur Welch Jr.,
two sisters Jewel Webster Whittaker, Betty Hill Goah, and one brother Charles
leaves to cherish her memory;
Two daughters, Gwynn Welch-Fields(Richard), and Henrietta Rullan(Edgar). Two
sons, Arthur Welch III, and Dwyane L.Welch. Siblings: Sisters Lois Johnson
(Charles), Barbara Dunnigan(Tony), Priscilla Robinson(Jerome), and
one Brother John Webster(Melcina). She also leaves a host
of six grandchildren, ten great-grand children, two great-great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Gwendolyn
warmed many hearts and will be truly missed.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday December 30, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive at 12:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery.
Elouise Conway Hurd
Elouise Conway Hurd Died Sunday
December 7, 2014 in Johnson City Tennessee at 81 years old. Born to Hattie
Conway/Hill and Matthew Conway in Camden South Carolina November 16, 1933 .She
had four siblings: Janet, Wayne, Joseph, and Earnest. She moved to New
York City where she met her husband Robert Hurd and started her family. Years
later she moved here to Johnson City Tennessee. During her life in New York
City she had six children: Sharon, Gregory, Kenny, Christine, Lisa, and Michael.
She left behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces/nephews,
and great nieces/nephews. She was loved and will be missed greatly.
Services will be held at 1:00pm on
Saturday December 13, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 W. Main St.,
Johnson City, TN. The Family will receive friends from 12:00pm prior to the
We regretfully announce the passing of Baby
services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday November 28, 2014 at Washington County Memory Gardens.
ELIZABETH “LIBBA” GERALDINE
1924 - 2014
“Libba” Geraldine Washington,
age 90, 1004 Whittling Wood Dr.,
Johnson City, TN,
formerly of Meridian, MS,
was called home by the Lord on
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Christian
in Johnson City, TN.
in Meridian, MS, she was the daughter of Velma Leigh Godette
and Vern Godette. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church of Meridian, MS, and a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She was active in numerous church activities and helped with youth programs at
the Magnolia Recreation Center.
Elizabeth graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Meridian, MS.
She attended Alabama State College, but decided to pursue the role of a
military wife by marrying the love of her life, Simmons H. Washington in 1943.
Of this union were born two children, Sandra Joyce Coleman and Anthony Michael
Washington. In later years she and Simmons relocated to Los
Angeles, CA, and upon his
retirement, they returned to Meridian,
MS in 1987.
addition to her parents, “Libba” was preceded in death by her husband, Simmons
H. Washington and son, Anthony Michael Washington. Elizabeth celebrated 64 years of marriage to
her husband, Simmons H. Washington in December 2007. Elizabeth is survived by
one daughter, Sandra “Joy” (Bill) Coleman of Johnson City; two grandsons,
William A. (Debbie) Coleman III of Johnson City, TN and Anthony W. (Deborah)
Coleman of Huntsville, AL; two great-grandsons, Dominic Michael Coleman and
Jessie Antonio Coleman; one nephew, Carl McKenzie, Jr., of Chicago, IL; one niece,
Michelle Battle, of West Hills, CA; several cousins and host of wonderful
and Simmons were blessed with 64 wonderful years of marriage and are now
together in Gods Heavenly Kingdom.
Washington will be returned to Meridian, MS for funeral
and burial on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visitation will
be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home of Meridian,
Seglinda "Pinky" Drakeford-Williams
Beloved daughter of Margo Drakeford and John Byrd, Seglinda “Pinky” Drakeford-Williams departed
this life suddenly on Nov. 7 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. Pinky was born in Johnson City on Sep. 14, 1968. She leaves
a mother, Margo Drakeford (Charlotte, NC) and 3 beautiful children – Jamel, Jazzmine and Jaylynn, along with aunts,
uncles, cousins and a host a family and friends. Acknowledgements, cards, etc can be sent to 9618 Hanberry Blvd Charlotte,
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday
November 15, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 1:00pm prior to the services.