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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.


Memorial 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 services.


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We regretfully announce the passing of Baby Miguel Oxendine.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday November 28, 2014 at Washington County Memory Gardens.

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1924 - 2014

Elizabeth “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 Care Center in Johnson City, TN.

Born 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.

In 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 friends.

Libba and Simmons were blessed with 64 wonderful years of marriage and are now together in Gods Heavenly Kingdom.

Mrs. 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, MS.

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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, NC 28213

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.

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Sister Ferne Callahan Hairston

Sunrise 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 the proceedings. 

Condolences may be emailed to: 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.


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 Wyndle "Ms.Winnie" Odem

Sunrise - 4-22-1945                           Sunset 9-26-14

Wyndle “Ms. 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

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James 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 Hill(Knoxville,TN);Willie Hill(Kentucky)
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. 

Funeral Services 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.

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 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.

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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 Living Center.  


 Joseph 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 David Gilmore.  


Joseph was a member of Central Baptist church in Kingsport, and also attended Friendship Baptist church in Johnson City, TN. 


He 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. 


He 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.


Brothers Nathan (Alma) Blye (Kingsport), Gregory (Ora) Gilmore (GA), Edward (Theresa) Gilmore (Bristol). Sister Hazel Leverett (Knoxville) 


He was a loving Grandfather to Sydney Edwards, Thomas Edwards (Kingsport), Ebony Alexander,(FL) 

Akeelan Young (Nashville) Michael Young, Alan B Alexander (FL) Jordan Carson, Duran 

Ferguson, Duran Carson, Brittany Carson, Jasmine Carson, Skylar, Allana, Ayden, & Landyn White, Alex Anderson, and AJ Anderson. 


And Great Grandfather to Zailes Alexander, Kalyna Young, Zarayah Alexander, Caislyn Love, Antonio Alexander, 


Host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends 

Special thanks to caregivers, niece, Diana Brice, Lois Hairston, and Emma Lou White 


Also a special thanks to

CLC staff of Veterans Affairs 

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.

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 Pamela D. McKinney

Pamela D. McKinney, age 50, of Johnson City passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014, after a yearlong battle with cancer. 

                Pam was 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.     

                In 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

                She is 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.   

                Pam 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. 

                Pam was 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 temple."

                Pam, you will always be loved, missed and we will be together again!

Funeral Services 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.

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Hildred E. Harris

Hildred E. 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.

Hildred was 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.

Funeral 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.

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Eugene Starling Price

Eugene Starling Price 59, of Johnson City, TN passed away on Sunday July 20, 2014 in Morristown Tn., following a long illness.

He retired from Free Service Tire in Johnson City, and was a believer of Christ.

Survivors 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 family.

He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Thomas and Stepfather Terry Thomas, along with three brothers and one sister.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday July 24, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.

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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.


He was 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.


Robert 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.


Robert 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.


Robert retired from Tennessee Eastman Company after 25 years of service. He also worked at Beaunit Mills and Bonanza restaurant.


Those left 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.


The family 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


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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 Westlawn Cemetery.

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LaQue Clinton Shade

LaQue 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 grandchildren.

Services 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.  

Funeral Services 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.

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Willie L. Taylor Sr.

In Loving Memory Of Willie Lee Taylor Sr. 74


Arrival                                             Departure

10/6/1939                                         06/16/2014


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 Richard Taylor.


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


I’m 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. 

Love, Stefon

 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.

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Janet Lee Burum

Janet Lee Burum, lovingly known to friends and family as “Bubbles” was born on December 25, 1955 at home in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

Janet 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.

Bubbles 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.

Janet 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 Tailoring.

After 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.

She 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.

During the holidays, she loved preparing family meals and inviting family members all over Tennessee to partake of her culinary skills.

She will be deeply missed by all who know and loved her.

 Janet leaves to cherish her memories, six sisters: Diane Ellis, Victorville, CA, Hazel Arnwine, Oak Ridge, TN, Maxine (Willie) Davidson,  Marcia (Lincoln) Barton, Marietta Jan (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.

Funeral Services 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


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Virginia Evelyn Woolwine

Virginia Evelyn 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 Tazz.

Memorial service 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.

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William Eugene Gardner

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.

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Fred Morris Anderson

Fred 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 Center.


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.


Survivors include 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 services.

Interment will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens in Johnson City, TN

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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 Board.


Pastor Dickenson 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.


Pastor Dickenson 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!”


Funeral Services 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


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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 2003.

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 family.


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.

Funeral Services 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.

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     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.  

Doris 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.

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                            Hattie Geneva Howard

Hattie Geneva 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.


Neete 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.

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Nonie Rhea

We regretfully announce the homegoing of
Nonie Rhea
on Thursday, February 20, 2014
in Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014
at Thankful Baptist Church at 10 AM
with burial to follow at the VA Cemetery, Mountain Home.

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Joan Sylvia Mutts

Joan 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 community.  


Joan was 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.


Her 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.

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Donna Denise Culberson Scott

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 became debilitating.

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, TN.

Her 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 City, TN

She 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)

We would 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. 

The family will also receive friends until the day of the services at 1440 E. Lakeview Dr., Gibson Ridge Apartments # 101, Johnson City, TN

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Larry Lovings, Jr.

 Larry Lovings 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, TN.

     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.

     Larry was 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. 

The 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.


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Melvin Caver

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

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Elmer Earnest

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.

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Montie Rhea

Montie Rhea, 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. 
Montie 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 retired.
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. 
After 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 praise God. 
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 life.
Montie 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.
Funeral 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.

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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 his family.
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.  
Funeral 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.

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James  Harris

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 
 Memorial services will be held Sunday, at 1pm at Thankful Baptist Church.

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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.
Memorial services 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.

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Mr. Victor Jewell Perkins

Mr.. 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.
Victor attended Dunbar Elementary School and graduated Langston High School.
He 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.
He 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

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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 January 16th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN., Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor.

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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.

Donnal 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 Saturday, January 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 services.

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