Sister Ferne Callahan Hairston
March 1924 - Sunset September 2014
Matriarch Ferne Delores Callahan Hairston, wife of Suffragan Bishop John M. Hairston, Sr., departed
the earthly and entered Eternal
Life on Sunday, September 29,
2014 in Cleveland, OH. "Aunt Ferne" was surrounded by her loving and faithful family. She
was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Jeffrey Mark Hairston. She is survived by her devoted children, John M., Jr. (Delaney-deceased), Glenda (Chester), grandchildren, James, John III (Allison), Tracy and Ryan
and a Host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Homegoing Services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church, Bluefield,
WV. Viewing and Family Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. prior to the 11:00 a.m. service. Interment will follow the service at Restlawn Memorial
Gardens in Bluewell, WV. District Elder Thomas Moore will be Eulogist and Bishop Clarence E. Moore will officiate
may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Fax: 1 304-436-3855. Flowers may be sent to the mortuary
at 298 Court St., Welch, WV 24801, to the church at 104 Park St., Bluefield, WV 24701 or donations may be mailed to The Ferne Hairston Scholarship Fund: 1064 E.98th Cleveland, OH. 44108. Gregory-Page Funeral Home is in charge of WV arrangements.
Wyndle "Ms.Winnie" Odem
Sunrise - 4-22-1945
Winnie” Odem a long time resident of Johnson City, was born Birmingham, AL and was a retired employee of the Johnson
City Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Beatrice Brown Bailey (Granny B) and Robert Waymond Bailey.
Winnie is survived
by Siblings: Mary Joyce Bachman, Waymond R. Bailey, Margaret Esterly “Sugar”, Katie Bailey Hynes (David), Phillip
Lyman(Betty) and Annie Smith. Her children, Andrew L. Odem (Beverly), Antonio D. Odem, and Ashley W. Odem (Sabina). Grandchildren,
Jerome Odem, Joshua Odem, Greg Bradley, Ashlyanna Odem, Yasmin Odem, Bianca Bradley, Spencer Bradley, and Camari Bradley.
Nieces and Nephews, Wilmeka Bachman, Wanda Turner, Ramona Bailey, Robert Grunder,
Robert Phillips, Zachary Phillips, Amy Delap(Charlie), Tiffany Quarles(Tony), Sadie Powell(Dwane), Nanthaniel Bailey, Natasha
Tartar, Valerie Harriston.
Funeral services will be
held at 2:00pm Friday October 3, 2014 at St. Paul AME Zion Church, 201 Welbourne St, Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends from 1:00pm-2:00pm prior to the services
at the Church. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery Johnson City, TN
Alexander Hill Sr.
James Alexander Hill Sr.
went home to be with the Lord on
Friday September 5, 2014, he was born in Johnson City, TN on January 13, 1950.
James was preceded in death by his loving Parents William H. Hill Sr. and
Edith V. Hill, Brother Larry E. Hill, son James A. Hill Jr., granddaughter
Kenya S. Hill and grandson Desmond X. Osborne.
James leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 28 years Linda Wilson
Hill; daughters Carmen(David) Brown (Cleveland, OH); Toi(Tim) Williams &
Kristofer L.(Juan) Wilson (Johnson City,TN); Shibecca Hill(Harrisburg, PA); Sons
Michael O'Neil(Hickory, NC); Mark(Carla) Freeman and Charles Orren.
Grandchildren Ashlee Hill, Gavin Hill, Christian Hill, Odera Hill, Shelby
Freeman and Luke & Emaley Walker
Great grandchildren Ni'Laja Dunn and Anijah Hill.
Brothers Billy(Lavonta) Williams (Wichita,KA); William(Sherri) Hill Jr.;
Ronald(Dorothy) Hill; Anthony(Margie) Hill; all of JC, TN; Gary
Sisters Delores(William) Delaney; Beatrice(Lawrence) Hill;
Gladys(Charles"deceased") Salters (all of JC,TN).
1 Aunt Bernadine Scott & 2 uncles Franklin and Charles Williams.
A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends with very special friends
Lonnie Williams and Kim Bowlin.
will be held at 7:00pm Wednesday September
10, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.
The family will receive friends prior to the services from 6:00 to
7:00pm at the Chapel. Burial will held on
Thursday September 11, 2014 at the VA National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.
Ms. Brenda Boren
Memorial Services will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm Thursday August 14, 2014 at the Carver
Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave. in Johnson City, TN.
Joseph L. Gilmore
Joseph Lee Gilmore, aka Bubba, 64,
514 E Fairview Ave, Johnson City TN, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August
8, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer in the Johnson City VA Community
was native of Kingsport
TN, born on September 11, 1949 to the late Edward and Grace Gilmore. He
was preceded in death by sister Lily Ruth Crum, and brothers James Edward and
was a member of Central
Baptist church in Kingsport, and also attended Friendship Baptist church in
Johnson City, TN.
was a graduate of Douglas high
school, and later attended East tn state university…he served in the
united states army….and retired from Sears after 20 years of service. Bubba was
a member of Elks lodge #492. Favorite hobbies included stamp & coin
collecting and gardening.
leaves to mourn devoted and
faithful wife of nearly 40 years, Jeraldine F. Gilmore. Daughters Angela
Gilmore, Constance (Richie) Carson Young, Pamela (Clinton) Rollins. Sons
Earnest (Ann) Carson, Mose (Christina) White, and Todd Page-Gilmore.
Nathan (Alma) Blye
(Kingsport), Gregory (Ora) Gilmore (GA), Edward (Theresa) Gilmore (Bristol).
Sister Hazel Leverett (Knoxville)
was a loving Grandfather to
Sydney Edwards, Thomas Edwards (Kingsport), Ebony Alexander,(FL)
Young (Nashville) Michael
Young, Alan B Alexander (FL) Jordan Carson, Duran
Duran Carson, Brittany
Carson, Jasmine Carson, Skylar, Allana, Ayden, & Landyn White, Alex Anderson,
and AJ Anderson.
Great Grandfather to Zailes
Alexander, Kalyna Young, Zarayah Alexander, Caislyn Love, Antonio
of aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews, cousins, and friends
thanks to caregivers, niece,
Diana Brice, Lois Hairston, and Emma Lou White
a special thanks to
CLC staff of Veterans
Funeral Services will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday August 13,
2014 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the church. Burial will be held
at 10:45 am Thursday August 14, 2014 at the VA National Cemetery.
Pamela D. McKinney
McKinney, age 50, of Johnson City passed away on
Friday, August 8, 2014, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
born on December 28, 1963 to the late Clyde Stevens and Thelma Fields. She was
a member of Grace Temple Church
Eternal Life Center where she served as the Assistant Superintendent of the
Christian Education Department, Vice-President of the Usher Board, member of
the Welcoming and Kitchen Committee, Personal Business Assistant to the pastor,
and secretary of the WV & ETN PAW Christian Education Committee.
addition to her parents, Pam was preceded in death by her brothers Michael
Fields and Melvin Stevens and sisters Mary Frances "Frankie" Roberts
and Arletha "Argo"Adams
survived by her loving husband, Robert of the home, son Anton J. McKinney (Ashley)
of Johnson City, and
daughter, Anteelah M. (Matthew) Love of Memphis, TN, sisters, Kay (Charles)
Love, Janice (Bill) Spurgeon, Renee' Fields-Robinson, Deborah (Kenneth) Bonner,
Carrie Johnson, and Jessica Bradley of Johnson City, and brothers Russell
(Danita) Fields, of Baltimore, MD, Fredrick (Jackie) Fields, of Murfreesboro,
TN, Jerry Stevens and Joe Buck Adams, of
Johnson City, TN, a very special uncle, Boyce Young, a special sister, Sandra (Mark)
Scott, grandchildren, Deontae, AJ and Aiden, several nephews, nieces, great
nephews, and great nieces.
graduated from Science Hill High School in 1982. Robert and Pam have been married
for 28 years
and were childhood sweethearts. Pam was
a breast cancer survivor in September of 2010 before a second battle with
breast cancer which began in July of 2013.
employed at Mother Goose Daycare Center, Sundale Daycare Center, As We Grow, JC
Penney, Proffitt's, Friedman's, and Appalachian Girls' Scout Council. She
ended her working career to come home
and take care of Robert when he had bilateral knee replacement surgery in 2008. Pam's
favorite scripture is Psalm 27:4 which
says "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I
may dwell in the house of the LORD all
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his
Pam, you will always be loved, missed
and we will be together again!
will be held at 12:30pm Tuesday August 12, 2014 at Grace Temple Church. The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 12:30pm
at the church. Burial will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens.
Hildred E. Harris
Harris, native resident of Johnson City, surrounded by family and friends went
to be with the Lord Monday, the 4th of August, at 4:45 A.M., at the
Johnson City Medical Center.
born in 1925 and lived amongst family and friends that come to cherish her; she
had lifelong ties to the neighborhood.
Everyone called her “Mother or Mother Harris”.
She was married to Allen Harris in 1950, and celebrated
their 64th anniversary on June 6, 2014. They raised 6 children.
She never met a stranger, and she never lost her sense of
wonder. Her kindness to the passerby’s on her busy street became extensions of
her family as she shared her smile and her faith.
Services will be held at 12:00pm, Friday August 8, 2014 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church 810
Montgomery St, Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends from 11:00pm to 12:00pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.
Eugene Starling Price 59, of Johnson City, TN passed away on
Sunday July 20, 2014 in Morristown Tn., following a long illness.
retired from Free Service Tire in Johnson City, and was a
believer of Christ.
include his daughter, Eugenia Parks and her fiancÚ
Frank Russell of Morristown, Tn. Grandson Jaron (Ron Ron) Parks, two
Granddaughters, Keauna and Janazia Parks, one Great Granddaughter, Alizah
Parks, all of Morristown, TN. Three brothers, Stanley (BeBe) Price, Allen
Price, and Markdell Thomas. One brother in law, Phillip Hall. Four sisters,
Bardella Hall of Greenville, Stephanie Price of Georgia, Ellen Fain, and Arbardella
Thomas of Johnson City Tn. And a host of nieces, nephews, and friends of the
was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Thomas and
Stepfather Terry Thomas, along with three brothers and one sister.
will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday July 24,
2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.
Mr. Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley of Elizabethton, TN went home to glory in
Celebration, Florida on July 13, 2014 doing what he treasured most, spending time
with his family.
born on January 18, 1937 to the late Ella and Roy Bradley
of Watauga TN.. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 8
brothers, J.C. Moton, Randolph Bradley, Octave Bradley, Harold Bradley Roy
Bradley Jr, Shad Moton, Roland Bradley and Donald Bradley and 1 sister, Louise
Logan, sons John Bradley and Gaylon McConnell, and daughter Linda Bradley.
was a devoted husband and an excellent father. His
family always dined together every Sunday after church. He loved to spend time
in his garden growing produce to can for the entire family.
was a member of Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church where
he loved singing in the Men’s Chorus, served on the Usher board, the deacon board, and was also
the church treasurer. He worked diligently in the church’s food ministry.
retired from Tennessee Eastman Company after 25 years of
service. He also worked at Beaunit Mills and Bonanza restaurant.
to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn Machen
Bradley, son, Antony (Pamela) Bradley, Lathrup Village, MI., daughters,
Margaret (Stan) Cannon, Kingsport TN., Gwendolyn (Ron) Smith, Johnson City,
TN., S. Robin (Wayne) Franklin, Johnson City, TN., Judy (William) Stover,
Versailles, KY., sister, Billie Barkley, Columbus, OH., brother, Ray (Liz)
Bradley, Detroit MI., sister-in-law, Wilhelmina Bradley, Dayton, OH.,
grandchildren, Trina & Lee Mutts, Neal (Hannah) Bradley, Justin &
Jordan Cannon, Paige & Alison Franklin, Aaron Stover, Braxton Gaitor,
Amaris & Camden Bradley, Marley, Kingston, & Kallon McConnell; special
grand-nephew, Bradlee Ferguson, 7 great-grand children, special brothers and
sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
will greet guests and share memories from 12pm to 1pm on
Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabethton,
TN. A celebration of life service will begin at 1pm with Rev. Joseph Holifield
officiating. Internment at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
Mr. Abebe Bayuh
We regretfully announce the passing of Mr. Abebe Bayuh on July 5, 2014.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday July 12, 2014 at
Clinton Shade, age, 83, passed away on July 6, 2014 at
the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
A native of Johnson City, Tennessee by
way of Jonesborough, he was the son of the late Henry and Pearl Shade. He
worked many years in the shop at Burlington Industries as well as numerous
other jobs throughout the community.
In addition to
his Mother, Shade was preceded in death by
his wife, Gertrude Shade; a son, Ronald Shade; two daughters, Jacqueline Shade
and Katherine Shade; as well as a host of siblings and other family members. He
is survived by three daughters: Gloria Holloway, Tammy Shade, and Nora Shade
all of Johnson City. He is also survived by several grand and great
for Shade will be conducted at Birchette Mortuary
on July 11, 2014. Receiving of friends will be from 12-1pm following with
services at 1pm with internment to follow at the Veterans Administration
Mountain Home Cemetery. Receiving of family and friends will be held at 313
Delaware Street, home Richard and Gloria Holloway.
will be held at 1:00pm, Friday July 11, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the
Chapel. Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.
Willie L. Taylor Sr.
Memory Of Willie Lee Taylor Sr. 74
Willie Lee Taylor Sr. was born in Choctaw City, AL to the late Bartee Taylor Sr. and the late Emma Lee Taylor
on October 6, 1939.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Azariah, Tommy James and
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Georgia Lee Taylor. His daughters,
Pamela D.Taylor Cleveland, OH Stephanie (MeChell) Smith, Cleveland, OH; His sons, Willie L. Taylor Jr. Greenville, S.C; Maurice
(Raychelle) Taylor Sr. Painesville, OH. Also a sister Maggie Campbell, Butler, AL; A brother, Bartee (Louise) Taylor Jr. Mobil,
AL. Also 16 adored grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.
Willie Lee Taylor
Sr. moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 17. He began working at a grocery store where he later ran the meat department for
15 plus years. Cleveland is where he met his beloved wife Georgia L. Taylor; they wed June 14, 1962.
Willie was a benevolent man that always put his family first. He was a
loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He loved being in the company of family and friends. Willie
was a charming and funny man and will be forever loved and surly missed.
To My Pa-Pa
glad I had the honor of spending your last few years with you. I got a chance to really get to know you, and that gave me
a better understanding of what’s really important in life. Thank you for the love and wisdom.
Special Thanks to the Davita staff for their patience and care over
the years. Also the MSHA nurses for years of hospitality and helpfulness. And the utmost admiration goes to his wife, Georgia
Lee Taylor for her many years of love and devotion.
“ Together forever never apart, maybe in distance but never at heart”
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm, Monday June 23, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Chapel. Burial will follow at Washington County Memory
Gardens in Johnson City.
Janet Lee Burum
Lee Burum, lovingly known to friends and family as “Bubbles” was born on
December 25, 1955 at home in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
Burum went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at her home in
Johnson City, TN at the age of 59.
was preceded in death by her mother, Audrey Hazel Ruth Burum, Oak Ridge, TN,
her father James Alfred Ellis, Clinton, TN, devoted cousin, Patricia Burum,
Johnson City, TN, brothers: Richard
Burum, Knoxville, TN, James Allen Ellis, Paul Luther Ellis, Charles Ernest
Ellis, Grady Lewis Ellis, Massie F. Ellis, Clinton, TN and brother-in-law,
Laporia Ellis, Monrovia, CA.
spent her early years in Oliver Springs, TN until the family moved to Oak
Ridge, TN in 1959. While living in Oak
Ridge, she attended Scarboro Elementary School.
The family moved to Knoxville, TN after the death of her mother in
1967. She attended Vine Jr. Middle High
School and graduated in 1973 from Austin-East High School where she took up
graduating from high school, she moved to Johnson City, TN to live with her
aunt Jean Burum Gordon and her daughter, Patricia Burum. She found work with
Texas Instruments where she worked
until the company closed its
doors in Johnson City, TN.
loved children and took up with many of them.
She had a special place in her heart for her cousin, Brittany Burum and
“Britt’s” daughter, Briyah Burum.
the holidays, she loved preparing family meals and inviting family members all
over Tennessee to partake of her culinary skills.
will be deeply missed by all who know and loved her.
leaves to cherish her memories, six sisters: Diane Ellis, Victorville, CA,
Hazel Arnwine, Oak Ridge, TN, Maxine (Willie) Davidson, Marcia (Lincoln) Barton,
(Jimmie) Wilson, Clinton, TN, Patsy Parker, Knoxville, TN; three brothers:
Clarence (Erin) Ellis, Junction City, KS, Cleo (Faye) Ellis, Powell, TN, Bryant
(Diane) Ellis, Clinton, TN; devoted special aunt: Myrtle Burum, Clinton, TN and
another aunt: Betty Jo Hawkins, Oak Ridge, TN, five nephews: Michael (Pam ) Ellis,
Sr., Taj (Trinity) Ellis, Monrovia,
CA, Bando Vinson, Brandon Spears, and
Travis Cozart, Knoxville, TN; two
nieces: Kimeka Boatwright and Latrice
Cozart, Knoxville, TN: a host of many great nieces and nephews and many devoted
cousins to include Brittany Burum, Johnson City, TN, Marvin and Sandy Burum,
Powell, TN and Wilma Coleman, Knoxville, TN; many devoted special friends to
include: Viola Patton, Johnson City, TN and Raynell Gardner, Johnson City, TN.
will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel of Love.
The family will receive friends at 12:00pm prior to the services. Interment will be on Tuesday May
27, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Washington County Memory Gardens
Johnson City, Tennessee
Woolwine (Jenny), 70, of Columbus, Ohio, passed Monday, May 19, 2014. She was
born September 4, 1943 to Thaddeus
and Geneva Woolwine in Johnson City, Tennessee.
She was a graduate from New York State University in 1970. She relocated
to Columbus Ohio and until she
retired, she spent many years in the field of Fair Housing for Housing
Opportunity Center and Accounting for Dayspring Christian Center.
In addition to her
parents she is preceded in death by Sister Joy Atwater, brothers Thaddeus
Woolwine Jr, and Eugene Woolwine, niece Jennifer Traci Atwater, three great
nephews Brandon, Sergio, Joseph, and one great niece Jazzmene.
She is survived by
her beloved brother Prince A.Woolwine (Sandra Woolwine) from Garland Texas,
nephew Jordan Atwater from Gahanna Ohio who she helped raise and lovingly
devoted her life to until her death. She is also survived by her devoted and
dearest friend Diane Ellis. Our beloved Jenny resides in those she touched. Her
dynamic presence will be greatly missed but forever felt and known as she
graciously impacted so many lives. Her smile will be always in the hearts of
many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends which include her family pet dog
will be held in the chapel of DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St
on May 23rd at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be made to: The Ohio State University; James Development Office; Attn: Wendy
O'Brien; 660 Ackerman Rd.; P.O. Box 183112; Columbus, OH 43218-3112. A
post-service repast will be held at the family's home: 402 Woodside
Meadows Place, Columbus, Ohio.
William Eugene Gardner 52, was born September 6,
1961 in Johnson City and departed this life on April 23, 2014. Mr. Gardner was
born to Cordella and the late Bill Gardner. William was a mechanic for the city
of Johnson City. He was also a supervisor of a cleaning company. Bud, as he was
also known, graduated from truck driving school, afterwards he spent several
years driving trucks. He friends also called him “Big Money”.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Jenny
Stratton, his mother Cordella Gardner, two sisters, Patricia Dennis, and Kathy
Gardner, all of Johnson City, TN. One brother Frank Gardner of Bristol, TN.
Four children, Mary Dennis, of Savannah, GA., Billy Hamilton of Limestone, GA.,
Cortney Gardner, and Cordell Gardner of Johnson City, TN. Four Granddaughters,
Neleah “Lady Bug” Dennis, Scotlynn Johnson, and Kamora Fuquay of Savannah, GA.,
and Ah’Neila Gardner of Johnson City TN. Three Nieces, Winnie (Thelma), Tiara,
and Gwen. Two Nephews, Ketron and Joey, and a dear friend, Beth Roark.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday
May 3, 2014 at the Church of Our Lord Jesus, 1001 S Broadway St, Johnson City, TN.,
Pastor Cora Hamilton Officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00pm
to 2:00pm prior to the services.
Fred Morris Anderson
Morris Anderson 92, was born to Milton and Maggie Goins
Anderson on January 22, 1922 in Mountain City, Tenn. He departed this
life on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation
He was preceded
in death by his parents; wife Laura Edell
Anderson, five brothers Bruce, Clarence, Raymond, Denver, Jimmy and Wade, four
sisters Gladys Anderson, Eula Anderson Bradley, Mary Anderson Young, and
Pauline Anderson Houston.
Mr. Anderson was
a World War ll Veteran. He lived the most of his
adult life in Johnson City. He retired from East Tennessee State University
following over 20 years of service. He lived his later years in Mountain City
were he was an active member of the Johnson County Senior Center.
11 nieces and 9 nephews. A host of great and
great-great nieces and nephews. Special friends, Joe Rhea, John Smith, Blair
Lambert, Billie Outlaw, and Terry Hodge.
Funeral Services will be held
at 1:00pm on Saturday April 12th at
New Zion Faith Center 1904 Jamestown Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604. Pastor Ernest
Widby officiating. The family will receive friends from 12pm-1pm, prior to the
Interment will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens in
Johnson City, TN
Robert F. Dickenson
Pastor Robert Fletcher Dickenson
was born June 9th
1923. Pastor Dickenson served in several Pastorate positions for over seventy
years in our area; Mountain City, Johnson City, and Elizabethton, and Limestone
Tennessee. His latest Pastoralship was the Sheep Fold on Opey Arnold Road in
Limestone Tennessee until health problems caused him to resign the position.
Pastor Dickenson is a former employee and retiree from the Johnson City Power
entered into rest on March 28th
at Life Care Center of Gray Tennessee. He was born in Castlewood VA to Henry
and Vatie Dickenson. Pastor Dickenson was preceded in death by his parents,
ex-wife (Elnora), ex-wife (Clara), five sisters, four brothers, and a host of
friends that he made part of his family. He is survived by one daughter, Aretha
O. Scott (Johnson City); special nephew, Rev. Johnny Dickerson (Marie), several
other nieces and nephews. One goddaughter, Wilma Kay Love (Charles); A special
friend, Sis. Walker (Johnson City); a host of cousins and other dear friends.
never met a stranger. If there were ever a
need and he was made aware of it, he would do whatever he could to solve the
problem. Pastor Dickenson believed in the power of prayer. He started several
prayer meetings in various parts of Johnson City, Elizabethton, Mountain City,
and Limestone Tennessee. A special thanks to Care Center of Gray Tennessee for
the love and concern shown for “Bro. Dickenson!”
will be held at 7:00pm Monday March 31,
2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel of Love. The family will receive friends
at 6:00pm prior to the services. Interment will be on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 3:00pm at
the Washington County
Memory Gardens Johnson City, Tennessee
Gene C. Ray
Gene Clinton Ray was called
home to rest on Saturday, March
8, 2014 at his residence. His life journey began on August 5, 1938 in Johnson
City, TN. His biological parents, the late Olivia Robinson and Landon Rhea, gave
the honor of his upbringing to devoted mother, the late Bessie M. Rhea and her
husband Joe Rhea. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his
brother John Watson and sister Pauline Lewis.
He served in the
U.S. Armed Forces at an early age. Gene
later became a graduate of Langston High School. He was also a member of the
Elks Club. Gene was employed at CSX Transportation for 24 years, retiring in
He was affectingly
known as “Old Man” in his community with
great love for Buicks and wearing overalls. On the most days, he could be found
in the company of friends or enjoying a drive in his freshly washed car.
Gene leaves to
cherish his memories his children: three sons
Ronald Ray of Atlanta , GA, Tony Ray and Monty Machen both of Johnson City, TN;
three daughters Linda Conley (J.W.) of Knoxville, TN, Alicia Saunders( Jerry)
of Durham , NC and Whitney Ray of Johnson City, TN; brother Samuel Watson of
Detroit, MI; uncle Otis Robinson of Johnson City, TN; sister-in-law Juanita
Watson of Harrisburg, PA; special niece Brenda Watson of Johnson City, TN; nine
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of loving friends and
The family of Gene
C. Ray would like to extend our deepest gratitude
and appreciation for all acts of kindness shown during our time of bereavement.
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, March 13, 2014 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel Of Love, 219 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. Pastor Cora Lee Hamilton will Preside. The family will receive
friends from 12:00pm-1:00pm prior to the service. Burial will be held at the VA
National Cemetery in Johnson City following the service.
Doris R. Jones
Doris R. Jones, 87 years old, passed peacefully in Fort Myers, FL following a severe stroke. Doris
was born in Baltimore, MD. After many years of hard work as a domestic worker for other families and institutions, she is
finally resting in peace.
moved to New York as a young woman. She obtained her cosmetology license and worked many jobs to help support her family.
After retirement, she volunteered for many years at the James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She received many
awards and honors throughout her career, including a special Presidential Volunteer of the Year Award. She had a strong
work ethic, was never late to go anywhere and would make sure you were not late getting her there either! Doris was
a devoted wife, mother and friend. She used her life experiences to teach other women to be strong. Her family and friends
embraced her humor, honesty and wisdom. She loved all of her children and grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa Lundy. She
is survived by her spouse, Johnnie Jones and her children, Jane M. Carson, Gene Sullivan, Thomas (Ruth) Carter, Sr., Frank
Robinson and Amanda Robinson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tasha Carter, Thomas Carter Jr., Victoria Carter,
Nicole Carter, Manly Carter, Tiffany Carter, Alisha Robinson, Opal Lundy, Jade Lundy, Angelica Reyes, Alissa Parke and many
great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.
Thankful Baptist Church will share with Sis. Jane Carson in a Memorial
Service honoring her mother's passing on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Avenue,
Johnson City, TN; Pastor C. Danny Johnson, Officiating.
Hattie Geneva Howard
Howard, age 93, Four Oaks Nursing Home, Jonesborough, Tennessee entered into
eternal rest on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Ms. Howard was a
graduate of Langston High School, Johnson City, TN where she was a good
academic student. She played basketball
and was a majorette in the School’s Marching Band.
During World War
II, Ms. Howard responded to the need for individuals to serve in the US
military. She did so by volunteering for military service with the US Women’s
Army Corps (WAC) on February 24, 1943.
During her service she earned the American Theater Campaign Medal and a
Good Conduct Metal. She achieved the rank
of Technician Fifth Grade while working as a Medical Supply Clerk. Overall,
she was a dedicated and diligent
worker, having served for two years and two months faithfully and honorably
during her tour of duty. She received an
Honorable Discharge from the Army on November 1, 1945. After serving in the
military, she attended
and graduated from Knoxville College.
At the time of
her service, she had four brothers who were also serving in the military. They
included Alderson Zeno Howard who was an
air corps cadet at Tuskegee Air Base in Tuskegee, Alabama; Clarence Burton
Howard, First Sergeant, Fort Brag, North Carolina; First Sergeant Thomas Henry
Howard, a graduate of A & I State College, Nashville, Tennessee; and
Charles Kyle Howard, Private First Class.
“Neete” as she
was affectionately known by family and friends was a very loving, generous and
caring person. She loved her many nieces
and nephews, frequently giving them small gifts of money and encouraging them
to read books. As a very affectionate
person, she often greeted them with big hugs and kisses. In addition, during
her mother’s “senior
years,” Neete devoted much time to her care and well being. Throughout
Neete’s life, she always worked to
serve others in times of need, be it her family or her country.
She was a member
of Jonesborough AME Zion Church. Neete
was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Thomas Henry Howard, II, her mother
Hattie Lyons Howard Walker, stepfather, Lewis Walker, sister Christine Nitura,
and six brothers, Thomas Henry Howard III, Clarence Howard, John D. Howard, A.
Z. Howard, Kyle Howard and Lester A. Howard.
is survived by her sister in-law, Hasseltine Young Howard (Lester); cousin Alma
Lyons Brown and husband, Montreal Brown; Jonesborough, TN; and, many loving
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30am Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel Of Love, 219 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. Rev. Vincent Dial
will Preside. The family will receive friends from 10:30am-11:30am prior
to the service. Burial will be held at the VA National Cemetery in Johnson City
following the service.
We regretfully announce the homegoing of
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Funeral Services will be held
on Friday, February 28, 2014
Thankful Baptist Church at 10 AM
burial to follow at the VA Cemetery, Mountain Home.
Joan Sylvia Mutts
Sylvia Mutts, age, 59, passed
away peacefully and walked into the loving arms of her creator Thursday,
February 20th, 2014. She was member of Friendship Baptist Church, Johnson
City, TN, where she was loved. She was a devoted mother, loving sister, and
doting grandmother. She was well loved and touched many lives in the
an incredible woman, who never met a stranger. She knew everybody and
everybody knew her. Joan could take over a room with her energy and
always tried give of herself. She instilled in her children an amazing
work ethic and passion for life which will continue to serve as her lasting
legacy. Known for her honesty and forthrightness, she challenged everyone
to be their very best and in return she gave her very best.
love was boundless and will be felt always in the hearts
of those who loved her, including children, Ramaud (Amity), Andre (Judy),
Jalynn (Michael), Jason (Yvonne) and Ariel. Her siblings, Sandra
(Douglas) James (Libby) Regina and Angela (Keith), 15 Grandchildren, and host
of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Robert and Delores Murphy, her brother Ronald Murphy and
her best friend and husband, Johnny Victor Mutts.
Family will receive
friends on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church 522 W. Main
St., Johnson City TN. from 1-2 pm with Funeral Services to follow with Dr. C.
H. Charlton officiating. Interment will be at Westlawn Cemetery.
Donna Denise Culberson Scott went home
to be with the Lord on February 11, 2014.
She was a strong, caring, and loving person, who loved all children and
they gravitated to her. She would always
try and encourage others, even when her illness had taken a toll.
She loved the Lord, her church family, the choir, the messages from the
pulpit, the prayer meetings, and the so many blessings she received throughout
her years at Grace Temple.
Donna was a graduate of Science Hill High
School class of 1977. She worked as a
baker for Kroger’s for many years, and then worked for Head Start until her illness
She was preceded in death by her
parents, Nadine Culberson McAdams and Amos Dunn Sr.
She leaves behind three children,
James Scott Jr. (Rachel) Bristol, VA, Anna Scott, Jordon Scott of Johnson City,
siblings are Ronald McAdams (Yvonne)
Morristown, TN, Lydia Bridwell (Lee) Jonesborough, TN, Babby Dunn,Charlotte,
NC, Jerome Dunn (Sharon), Amos Dunn Jr. (Denise), T.R. Dunn (Carla) of Johnson
had 6 grandchildren, Johnaysja
Scott, Jia Scott, Rylee Cody, Donte’ McGee, Memphis Scott, and Amina Gaitor.
She had many nieces and nephews and
loved them all, but had a special bond with niece, Rhonda Woolwine and her
adopted daughter, Devan Shade.
Donna had many friends throughout her
life but there was nothing like the six sisters – Cherry Odogwu (Asheville,
NC), Pate Rhea (Flint, Michigan), Carol Brady McLaughlin (Tampa, Florida)
Deborah Jamison (New Castle, Delaware), Shelia Collie (Johnson City, TN) and Diane Shade (Seattle, Washington)
like to give “special thanks”
to Mother Shirley Dunn and Angie Fields.
There are so many people that helped
Donna and we, the family, give thanks to all.
Donna had a special love for her 4 legged
friends Oreo, DJ, and Sweets.
Finally, we want to thank the staff,
Pulmonary, Cardiology, and Hospice Departments of Vanderbilt Hospital, Johnson
City Medical Center, Quillen Rehab, Dr. McDavid, and Dr. Famoyin.
Memorial Services will be Saturday February
22nd at Grace
Temple Eternal Life Center - 208 Garden Dr – Johnson City, TN. The family
will receive friends from 12pm –
1pm and Celebration will begin at 1:00.
family will also receive friends
until the day of the services at 1440 E. Lakeview Dr., Gibson Ridge Apartments # 101, Johnson City, TN
Larry Lovings, Jr.
Jr, 37, of Johnson City, TN went to be with our Lord Friday, February 17 at 8:17 a.m. EST at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was the first son born to Larry Sr. and Margaret Lovings Donald on May 29 1976 at Haywood County Memorial Hospital in Brownsville,
Larry confessed a faith in Christ at an early age at Dancyville CME
Church in Dancyville TN. Larry continued to exemplify his belief as a Christian through his kind and generous heart.
Larry graduated from Merry-Central High School in Jackson TN in 1994.
He continued to seek higher education and training throughout his career.
employed most of his career as a Customer Service Representative. He was recently employed by Charter Communications in Blountville,
TN and Century Link in Johnson City, TN.
Larry was preceded in death
by a very special Grandmother Mary E. Dotson who played a prominent role in Larry’s upbringing
Larry leaves to cherish his memory his loving Mother
Margaret Donald of Nashville, TN; Father Larry Lovings Sr (Gracie) of Jackson, TN; brother Brian Lovings (Amanda)
of San Diego, CA; Grandfather Roosevelt Powell (Katherine) of Toledo, OH; Grandmother Olivia Taylor of Brownsville,
TN; Step Brother Terrell Laster (Ramona) of Jackson, TN; four nieces, five uncles, three aunts, one great aunt,
a very special friend Rebecca Palmer abruary nd her family of Johnson City, TN and a host of cousins and friends.
family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at New Zion Faith Church, 1904 Jamestown Road, from 6 to 7pm, with funeral services at 7pm with Rev.
Carl Moody officiating.. Interment at a later date.
Melvin Caver, 80, 311 West Chilhowie Ave entered into rest on Thursday
February 6, 2014 at the Johnson city Medical Center. Melvin was born on February 17, 1933. He was a Langston
High School graduate and a US Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sally Robinson Davis, father
Clemon Caver Sr. and brother Clemon Caver Jr.
He leaves to morn his passing his wife of 50 years Geraldine Caver and daughters Keitha Thompson,
Nashville, TN, and Crystal Caver Johnson City; one grandson whom he adored Erik (Andrea) Davis, Nashville, TN; great grandson
Deion Davis; sister in law Vanessa Conley and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at Friendship
Baptist Church from 1-2 pm with funeral services to follow with Dr. C. H. Charlton officiating. Interment will be at
Washington County Memory Gardens
Elmer Earnest passed away on the evening of Sat., Jan. 25,
2014 in Garland, TX. He was born on October 5, 1926 in Washington College, TN
to Worley and Julia Dowell Earnest. He
grew up in Johnson City, TN, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in
both the Pacific and Mediterranean Theaters receiving an honorable discharge.
He married Amelia
Rhyans in 1947 and from this union was
produced three daughters, Alma Lew of Temecula, CA, Sandra Woolwine (Prince) of
Garland, TX, and Angela Earnest of Rowlett, TX.
Elmer retired from
Atmos Gas Company in 1990 after many
faithful years of service.
He is preceded
in death by his parents and brothers,
Pearley, Summers, Fields, Frank, Lawrence and Norman, and sisters, Louise,
Evelyn, Lois and Vivian. He is survived
by his wife, three daughters, grandsons, Adrian and Jonathan (Jacqueline)
Woolwine and Tyler and Paul Lew, three great-granddaughters, Kaleigh, Makalah
and Tenaia Woolwine, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside Military Services will be
held Tuesday February 4,
2014 at 1:30 at Washington County Memory Gardens, 113 Memory Gardens Rd, Johnson City, TN.
born September 28, 1928 in Johnson City, passed away quietly Wednesday evening January 22, 2014.
At 5:00 p.m. at University Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.
He was the son of Montie William Rhea and Mary Ruby Griffin Rhea both
of Johnson City Tennessee,
Montie grew up and was educated in the Tennessee School System .He completed Langston
High school and went into the military where he served in the United States Navy for 4 years. He
was honorably discharged.
relocated to New York at an early age.
He worked and retired from Aeroflex
Company in Long Island, New York, as a Machinist and Union Rep which he took seriously until he
In 1982 he met and married Nonie
Coleman, whom he loved very much until his demise. Truly he was a devoted and loving
husband, friend and partner. Not only was Montie a loving husband he was a devoted father,
stepfather, grandfather , great grandfather and great great grandfather who loved his family and
enjoyed various activities with family and friends most especially football.
Montie was a passionate football fan who loved to go to games however was just as passionate
as he watched football on TV. Montie was an avid bowler, who traveled bowling in leagues and
bowled many years.
retirement in 1992, Montie moved back to Tennessee and joined the Thankful Baptist Church under
the Leadership of Pastor Danny Johnson whom he loved. Both Montie and Nonie were ordained deacons
and continued to work and serve together for God’s Kingdom. Montie had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and
Upon relocating to North Carolina, they were looking for
a church in which they could serve and was blessed again by God to find a loving and caring church
under the leadership of Pastor Mack McCrae who was a loving, caring, devoted man of God who until
Montie’s demise on January 22, 2014 was right by his, his wife’s and family’s side, truly a man of God
with a pastor’s heart.
How blessed Montie was… two wonderful Pastors in his
will be remembered for his loyalty, strength of Character and fierce love of family, friends and
his love for God. Montie loved to sing and praise the Lord.
He will be greatly missed
Montie is survived by His wife, Nonie, whom he adored. He
had one son Michael Rhea (deceased) four step children, Bishop Lillian Wiltshire (Dwayne) Brooklyn,
New York, John Coleman(Allison) Albany, New York ), Naomi Tucker,)Charlotte North Carolina, Catherine
Jones(Howard), Hampton, Virginia. He is also survived by His devoted sister Shirley Collie
( Hugh) Johnson City Tennessee 8 grandchildren 21 great children 3 great great grandchild
A host of nieces , nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, January 28th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN.
Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor. The family will receive friends from 12:00am-1:00pm at the
church prior to the services. Burial will be held at
the VA National Cemetery in Johnson City following the services.
James Leroy Williams
James Leroy Williams Sr., raised in Johnson City, TN and born June
30, 1942 in Marion, NC, went home to be with the lord on January 17, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center surrounded by
James was the son
of the late Lassier and Rollie Banner. James was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Johnson City. His favorite pastime
was bowling, playing with his grandchildren, playing cards, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to his parents
he was preceded in death by his son James L. Williams Jr., affectionately known as “Jamie”. One sister, Dicey
Lewis, two Brothers, Gordon and Charles Banner.
Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife, Ruby and Daughter
Kimberly Williams of Johnson City, Brother William Johnnie Banner, of New Orleans, Granddaughters, Teasha, Jamie, Jaasiel,
and Grandson Johnathan Lewis, and a host of family and friends.
Services will be held at 12pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel, 219 E. Millard St., in Johnson
City. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Chapel.
James Harris born May 25, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana
entered into rest on January 10, 2014 at his residence in Johnson City. James was a member of Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson
City and Active with the Munsey Memorial Melting Pot Ministry. James was one of four siblings, Sisters Brenda and Cora Harris,
Brother Jessie Harris. Special friends, Mike Bradley
services will be held Sunday, at 1pm at Thankful
Ms. Mary L Gaitor
Mary Gaitor entered into rest on January 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mary was born on February 25, 1945 to the late Maebell and Frank Harris. She was preceded in death by both parents, two Brothers
Herman and Frank Harris Jr, two sons Herman Gatior and Gregory Harris, and two grandchildren Adarius Gaitor and Terrell
Unruh. She leaves to cherish her kids two daughters Dee Gaitor of Tuscaloosa AL., Lisa Gaitor of Stone Mountain
Ga., Sons Frank Quinten and Michael Gaitor of Johnson City, and Ranell and Randell Gaitor of Tuscaloosa AL. Siblings
Queen Dunn, Doris Harris, and Carolyn Norwood Of Tuscaloosa AL, Dosha Jones and Alberta Harris of Johnson City TN. 25 Grandchildren
and 2 Great Grandchildren.
Mary was a member of Grace Temple Eternal Life Center in Johnson City.
will be held on Friday January 17th at 3:00pm at the Grace Temple Eternal Life Center ~ 208 Garden Dr ~ Johnson
City, TN. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the church.
Mr. Victor Jewell Perkins
Victor Jewell Perkins was born on February 6, 1944 in Johnson City, TN, and entered into rest on January 13, 2014. He served
in the U. S. Navy.
Dunbar Elementary School and graduated Langston High School.
was preceded in death by his father Samuel Virgil Perkins, mother, Nina Perkins, Brother Samuel Virgil Perkins JR, and two
Sisters, Carolyn McConnell and Nadan Wynn.
leaves behind a loving brother Terry Wayne (Noelle) Perkins of Covington, GA, Nephew Jerry McConnell, a sister-in law
Billie Perkins of Detroit, MI, two nieces Maria (Justin and Savannah) Perkins of Southfield, MI, and Felicia Campbell, of
Detroit, MI. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Birchette
Mortuary Chapel, 219 E. Millard St. Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends at the Chapel from 10:30am-11:00am.
Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens, 113 Memory Gardens Rd., Johnson City, TN
Ms. Mildred Johnson
Ms. Mildred Johnson entered into rest Thursday January 10,
2014 at Lakebridge Healthcare Center. She was born in Johnson City, Tennessee
on October 8, 1926 to the late Leonard and Laura (Vaught) Johnson. Mildred
leaves to morn her passing, one son Jesse(Jimmy) Rollins, Johnson City; Brother,
Ray Canady, Baltimore, MD; Grandchildren, Gary Rollins, Vicky Johnson, and
Blanche Hamilton, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins,
and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday
16th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave, Johnson City,
TN., Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor.
Mr. Donnal Charles
On January 20, 1948 Donnal Charles
was born to James T. and Emogene
W. Charles in Johnson City, TN. He attended Dunbar Elementary School and
Science Hill High School. Donnal Married Kathy Hamilton in 1971 from that union
two sons, Gilbert and Frederick Charles.
Donnal worked 25 years at
General Mills in Johnson City, TN.
He also worked at Watauga Square for 5 years, where he assisted George Sheets
in the Maintenance department. All the residents enjoyed Donnal’s happy go
lucky attitude and joking around with the residents. They truly missed him when
he left 4 years ago. It was an enjoyable job for him.
Donnal departed this earth
on January 5, 2014 surrounded by
family and friends.
Preceded in death by his
parents James T. and Emogene W.
Charles, and sisters Bobbie Charles and Jimmie Story.
Survivors include his wife
of 42 years, Kathy, sons
Gilbert(Kym) Charles, Frederick (Jennifer) Charles,. Grandsons Noah Charles and
Hayden Charles, Granddaughters Jona Charles and Kayla (Dustin) Mullins. One
great granddaughter Madalyn Mullins. Three brothers, James R. (Brenda) Charles,
Carroll (Doreatha) Charles, Fontaine (Gail) Charles, all of Johnson City. One
sister, Billie Perkins, Detroit, Michigan.
Special family friends,
Fletcher Birchette, Bill “Bones”
Adams, Ralph Chubb, Anthony Hill, and Chris Cole.
was a member of the Thankful Baptist Church Men’s
Choir, Usher Board, Joseph Storehouse, Brotherhood, Kitchen
Committee, Progressive Young Men
Association, and the Community of Love Organization.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30pm
11th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN. Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor. The family will
receive friends from
11:30pm-1:30pm at the church. Burial
will be held at Washington County Memory Gardens in Johnson City following the