A Memorial Service will be held from 1:00pm until 2:00pm on Friday September 9, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary
Thomas Ray Vincent "Ricky" Sayers
October 5, 1954
- August 22, 2016
THOMAS RAY VINCENT “RICKY” SAYERS of Johnson City, born October 5, 1954 entered into eternal rest on August 22,
2016 after a lengthy illness at his home. He was a truck driver / business owner from 1982 - 2008. He was preceded in death
by his mother Elizabeth Anne Sayers, his father Samuel Sayers, his biological father Fredrick Douglas “Sunny Smith,
his great grandmother Lizzy Eubanks, grandfather Wesley Young, grandmother Florence Young, two brothers Wesley C. Sayers,
and Broderick “CHICO” Sayers, two sisters Florence “BILLY” Locke and Katharine “Kathy”
He leaves to morn his passing three sons: Henry Sayers (New York), Thomas Darmel Thomas (Three Rivers, Texas) and Shavonn
“Eric” Sayers (Anitra) (Johnson City, TN) three daughters: Shanna Lee Whitaker (Greg) (Elizabethton, TN), Loyita
Darice “Bebop” Sayers (Asheville, NC) and his heart Shaneea “NA NA” Sayers (Johnson City, TN) one
great aunt: Ruth Goddard five brothers: Walter Sawyers (San Antonio, TX), James Locke (Johnson City, TN), Douglas
“DOUG” Smith (Cheryl) (Baton rough, LA) , Shonathan Hale (Seattle, WA) and Kelly Hale (Johnson City, TN) four
sisters: Susan Dianne Sayers (Chesapeake, VA), Jeanne Jackson (Plez) (Hutchins, TX), Deborah Jamison (Leonard) (Delaware)
and Toria Hale (Johnson City, TN) eight grandchildren: Kendall Murray, Allissia Ettison, Amauary Finley, Avante “TEY”
Finley, Alan Whitaker, Austin Whitaker, Jaden Matthews and Ayerianna Whitaker one great grandchild: Raelyn Murray. He also
leaves to mourn his passing several nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of friends.
Special Thanks to
Two Brothers: William “SNAKE” Spurgeon (Janice) and Ronnie Bolden (Pam)
MISSION HEALTH DEPTMENT OF LIVER AND KIDNEY, NHC HEALTHCARE, WELMONT HEALTH ASS., CARIS HOSPICE HEALTHCARE SERVICES LINCARE
and HOMEHEALTHCARE SUPPLIES.
SERVICES TO BE HELD 1:00pm August 27, 2016 AT ST. PAUL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH
201 WELBOURNE STREET, JOHNSON CITY, TN. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to
1:00pm prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Jonesborough, TN.
Fred S. Witty Jr.
S. Witty, Jr 93, passed away Friday August 12, 2016 after a brief illness.
was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred S. Witty, Sr and Lois D. Witty.
was born April 22, 1923 in Checotah, OK, moving with his family to NM at the age of five. Fred graduated from
Tucumcari High School before attending New Mexico State University. His college education was interrupted with service in
the United States Army. He served in Germany and Italy during WWII returning to New Mexico State to complete his degree
in Animal Husbandry. Fred became active in the Baptist Student Union taking a leadership role upon the departure of
the BSU director. He then went to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed a Masters in Divinity. While
on a summer break working for the New Mexico State baptist association he met Joy Weeks. They married at the seminary December
28, 1951. He worked as BSU director at the University of Louisville until taking a position at East Tennessee State
College where he served until his retirement in 1993. Fred has served as interim pastor at several area churches, been
active in Kiwanis, guided the Widowed Persons Support Group and been a faithful member of Central Baptist Church where he
taught the T.C. Carson Sunday School class for many years.
Survivors include, his wife of 64 years, Joy; son
Fred S. Witty III of Johnson City, TN; daughter Elaine Binegar and her husband Steve of Tehachapi, CA; Ann Johnson and her
husband Kevin of Vancouver, WA and three grandchildren, Sean Johnson , Kyle Johnson and Brennen Johnson of Vancouver, WA.
remembrance of life service will be held at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN on August 25th, 2016 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
Fred S. Witty, Jr. Scholarship through the Baptist Foundation. This scholarship was created to assure all Baptist Campus Ministry
students at ETSU are able to participate in retreats and other off campus events. Checks made out to the Baptist Foundation
can be mailed to the ETSU BCM at 1012 Seminole Dr Johnson City, TN or made at ETSUBCM.ORG, please specify the scholarship.
Vincent Andrew Redd I
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30am, Friday August 12, 2016 at Philippi Baptist Church in Elizabethton
TN. The family will receive friends from 10:30am to 11:30am prior to the service. Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery
in Mountain Home, TN.
Charlene Denise Barrier
Barrier of Johnson City, TN.,was born on April 13, 1957 and enter into rest on July 31, 2016 at home. She was born in Johnson
City, TN and graduate at Science Hill High School. She worked at Denise Laundre, Eastman Chemical Plant, American Water Heater,
and ACT. She was a lifetime member at Friendship
Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tn.
was proceeded in death by Sister, Audrey Livingston, Father, Charley Sams, Step-father, Paul Swepson, and Grandparents, Horce
and Julia May Cousin. She leaves to Mourn her passing is her Husband, Paul Barrier, Daughter, Amanda Bennett, Mother, Bertha
Swepson, Sister Regina Webster(Joe), Brothers, Albert Sams, Rondell Sams, and Randell Sams, Brother-in-Law, Anthony Livingston,
Favorite Niece, Selicca Livingston, many Aunts and Uncle, many Nieces and Nephews, cousins, and Dear Friends, Trish Bristol
and Barbara Ann Christman.
will be held at 1:30pm Friday August 5, 2016 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City,
TN. The family will receive friends from 12:30pm to 1:30pm prior to the service. Burial will follow at the VA National
Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.
Jerome G. Manuel,
63, went home to be with the Lord on July 25th after a short
illness with pancreatic cancer.
He was a member of West Main St. Christian Church, where he took an active
role in the church working with the Loaves and Fishes Program. He was a member of the Board of Servants.
miss his warm smile, his distinctive laugh, his generosity, his genuine attitude , his “hard work” ethic, his
perseverance and most of all his love of God and his trust and faith in God’s will.
It is that trust and faith in Jesus that kept him clam through his illness.
to work at Giant Wholesale and stayed when it changed owners to become Fleming Foods for a total of 27 years when the business
closed their doors. He then worked at First Presbyterian
Church on Boone Street, in Johnson City, Tennessee every day for 18 years until the day his illness kept him from going. He was a dedicated worker.
Jerome was preceded
in death most recently by his father, John H. Manuel, Sr.
He leaves behind a loving wife of 26 years, Phyllis, a dedicated mother, Mollie Manuel of Greeneville, TN; one daughter,
Tina Shell (Frank), a wonderful grand daughter, Ania, all of Johnson City, TN.
Mourning his loss are his sister and two brothers:
Cassandra Manuel of Greeneville, TN, John H. Manuel, (Morena) and his daughters, Wendy and Kimberly Manuel, all of
California; Calvin Manuel and son, Darrell of Johnson City, TN and daughter Yentl of Georgia.
Survivors also include a stepson, Marcus Prather and his children, Savyon and Eden Prather, all of Johnson City. He loved being a grandpa.
There are aunts, uncles, and a host of cousins and other family members of Georgia, Greeneville, Kingsport and Rogersville
who will miss him. Longtime and new friends who will miss his enthusiasm about the Dallas Cowboys.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:00pm Saturday July 30, 2016 at the First Presbyterian
Church in Johnson City. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-3:00pm prior to the Services. Burial will follow
at Urbana Cemetery in Limestone, TN.
Willie R. Thompson
Ray Thompson, 59, of Johnson City TN, passed away on July 23, 2016 at the V.A. Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. Born January
3, 1957 in Hickory, NC, to Erastus and Viola Pope Thompson.
Willie graduated from Hickory High School and later joined the U.S. Army. After
an honorable discharge, he moved to Johnson City, TN.
He is survived by his wife, Shenita Connie Thompson; Sister, Gail Mostalla(Albert);
Brother, Herbert Thompson; Daughters, Tanera Sells and Lenita Smith; Son, Allen Simpson; Granddaughter, Aliyah Sells-Murillo;
Grandsons, Tyrique Price, Marquis Griffin, and Dre’Quan Smith. Special Aunt, Hattie Lee Adams; Special Cousin, Althea
Rowe, and special nephew, Dion Thompson(Shawian).
The family will receive friends Thursday July 28, 2016 from 5:00pm-6:30pm at Friendship
Baptist Church, Johnson City, TN. Service to follow
A Graveside service will be held Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11:30am at the Mountain Home National Cemetery,
Monique I. Bradley left her home peacefully on July 17, 2016. Monique was born to Guadalupe and Edward Mungia on
January 17, 1971.Monique was known for her kind heart and loving personality. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward
Mungia and her sister, Lisa Velasco. Monique leaves to cherish her memory to husband, Terrance Bradley, mother, Guadalupe
Mungia, her daughters, Marissa Valadez, Monique Muralles, Mia Edwardson and Malayna Edwardson, her mother-in-law, Sondra Bradley
and grandkids, Isabella Muralles, Julian Muralles and Maximo Valdes.
Memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on Friday July 22, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive
friends from 11:00am to 12:00pm prior to the service.
Annetta Sue Goddard
Sue Goddard, born April 23, 1960 to William and Ruth
Goddard, Johnson City, Tennessee. Sue Passed away from earth to glory on
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at tennova Hospice residential facility in Knoxville,
TN. Sue graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1982 where she
majored in Special Education. Sue started working for Knox County Schools in
1983. She loved her career, her students and her colleagues during her 33 year
tenure with Knox County Schools. Sue loved her Lord, her family and her
preceded in death by her father, William Goddard. Sue
leaves to cherish her memory: Mother, Ruth Goddard, Jonesborough TN; brothers:
William Goddard, Jr. and Robert Goddard(Lynn), both of Johnson City, TN., and
Frank Goddard(Deb) of Leavenworth, KS. Sisters: Veral Jean Neal(Robert) of
Johnson City, TN., Billie Evans of Jonesborough, TN., Linda Treadwell of Knoxville, TN., and a host of other relatives and
July 15, 2016, the family will receive friends from
1:00pm to 2:00pm at Foster Chapel Baptist Church 2101 Ault Rd. Knoxville, TN.,
with a funeral service to follow. Rev. Tonya Tolbert officiating. On Saturday,
July 16, 2016 at 1:00pm, Ms. Goddard will be laid to rest at Washington County
Memory Gardens, 113 Memory gardens Rd., Johnson City TN. Flowers may be
delivered to the church the morning of the service.
arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com
Janet Odem of Johnson City, TN, entered into rest on July 4, 2016 at the Lakebridge health Center in Johnson City.
She was the daughter of Buford Odem and the late Katherine Odem.
Janet was preceded in death by her Mother, Katherine Odem and her Sister Cecilla
Janet is survived by her Father, Buford Odem, Sisters, Rochelle
Odem of Atlanta Ga., and Yolanda Odem of New York, NY. Two
Brothers, Buford Odem Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and Rodney Odem of Johnson City, Tn., and Aunt Loretha Holloway, and several nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday July 8, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will
receive friends from 12:00pm until 1:00pm prior to the services.
August 15, 1997 - June 27, 2016
Austin Oga, born, August 15, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria, entered into rest
on June 29, 2016. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday July 2, 2016 at West Lawn Cemetery in Johnson City.
Aaron Nevhille “Dee “ Delaney II
was born to Annette Stephens and Aaron N. Delaney I on April 5, 1990. As we may think, gone way too soon on June 6,
2016, but God said that's the flower I want. Dee touched many lives with his beautiful smile, eyes, and free spirit.
He leaves to cherish sweet memories in addition to
children who were the love of his life. Aaliyah & Zendaya. His bothers Jairus, Dalvin(Jasmine), sisters; Gabriel “Gabby”, Arionna, Jossy, Aspen, and Ava. His grandparents; Deborah Perry and George Susong and a special great grandmother;Claudine
Delaney. Two special sisters Lorissa Eggers and Alishia Degroot and a host of special friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 4:00pm on
Sunday June 12, 2016 at Greater Love Church of God, 130 Garden Dr., Johnson City. The family will receive friends from
3:00pm-4:00pm prior to the services.
Adrian Michael Woolwine
Adrian Michael Woolwine, 40, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas due to sudden illness.
He worked as a senior claims specialist for Liberty Mutual Insurance for over 10 years.
Adrian was born on January 22, 1976 to Sandra and Prince Woolwine of Garland, TX. He was a graduate of Science Hill
High School in Johnson City, Tennessee and attended Northeast State Community College also in Johnson City. He was preceded
in death by paternal grandparents, Thad and Geneva Woolwine and maternal grandfather, Elmer Earnest, paternal aunts Joy Atwater
and Virginia Woolwine, and cousin, Tracie Atwater. Adrian leaves to mourn his passing a brother, Jonathan David (Jacqueline)
Woolwine and two month old niece, Bridgette Margeux Woolwine, three beautiful daughters, Kaleigh Gabrielle, Makalah Yvonne,
Tenaia Adriana Woolwine,Isabel Guajardo, and Grandson Messiah Daveon Tarter. Adrian was engaged to his beloved fiancée, Rosa
Barron and was a proud dad to Isabel Guajardo. He also leaves to mourn, beloved maternal grandmother, Amelia Rhyans Earnest,
maternal aunts, Angela Earnest and Alma Lew, cousins Tyler and Paul Lew, special cousin, Jorden Atwater, special brother in
friendship and life, John (Charlene) Jackson, beloved pet cat, Bam Bam, and a host of special relatives and friends. Adrian
loved and enjoyed science fiction, his advanced collection of sophisticated Star Trek and Star Wars models, anything aeronautic,
and animals of every kind. Adrian’s contagious fun-loving spirit, big personality, and happy attitude will be sorely
missed by everyone who knew him. His presence would light up a room, and everyone he met loved him. The memorial services
for Adrian will be held this Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Moore Funeral Home, Arlington, Texas.
Sunrise 11/17/50 Sunset 05/19/16
Bristol, born 11/17/1950 in Rutherford County, NC. departed on May 19,2016.
Surviving are his wife- Cheryl Bristol, Mother- Carolyn Brady, Children
-Micheal Von Bristol, Michelle Pace(Neal), Myreon Martin(Katie), Markis
Thompson, Micheal Bristol. Sisters-Fredia Talley(Robert),
Patricia Bristol, Aunya Latham(Marvin), Justine White.
brothers-George Bristol(Patricia), Steve Bristol, son & daughter in law - Rett & Tiffanie Walters.Devoted friend
of grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
Service to celebrate the life of Michael Bristol of Johnson City will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Thankful
Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave., in Johnson City.
The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until 2:00pm prior to the services.
Stephanie Lyvonne Turner, 42, passed away peacefully
on May 06, 2016, at Johnson City Medical Center. She was born on August 17, 1973, in Maryville, TN, to the late Jeffrey
and Faye Whitson.
is survived by her husband Michael Turner; two children, Courtney Whitson and Paul M. Barbosa "P.J."; three stepsons, Shane
Turner, Isaac Kinley, and Casey Deel; three sisters, Miranda Whitson (Wilee), Melissa Dempsey, and Lori Free; two grandchildren,
Keatin and Camden; her maternal grandmother, Joan Lowe; along with several nieces and nephews and friends. Stephanie
is also survived by special friend Paul M. Barbosa.
services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Hosanna Fellowship Church in Johnson City, TN with Deshawn
White officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the church.
Constance "Connie" Bradley
Constance D. Bradley “Connie” 57, passed away on Monday April 18, 2016. She was born November 28. 1959
in Johnson City, TN., and was a graduate of Science Hill High School. Connie was preceded in death by her father Robert L.
is survived by her mother Joan Bradley; daughter, Malekka S. Bradley(Robert Edmonds), son Nicholas B. Bradley(Michelle Collins).
Grandchildren Abriana Edmonds, Elissia Edmonds, Cee’Laylaah Garner, and Ava Bradley. Siblings, Valdred Hartsaw (Jerry),
Eileen Hodge, Kathy Bradley, Joe Bradley(Angelitti), Walter Bradley, and Sondra Bradley. Goddaughter
Shaneah Hunter. Several Nieces and nephews
and a host of cousins, along with best friend Peppi Simmons.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday
April 23, 2016 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior
to the services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City, TN.
Claudine Alberta Watterson Young,daughter
of Nancy Davis Hoard and Herman "Bus" Watterson ,born June 2,1933 in Kingsport TN,departed this life on March 17,2016. She
was preceded in death by her parents and step parents,Virginia Watterson and Eldridge"Bus" Hoard;her husband Clyde Lamont"Monty"Young
and one son Dana Durell Young. She was a graduate of Douglas High School in Kingsport,TN. Claudine was also a licensed beautician
and attended A&I Univertsity(Tennessee State).She was empoyed at North Electric for many years and retired from the Veterans
Administrator in Johnson City,She had also been a member of Thankful Baptist Church for many years. She leaves to cherish
her loving memories one daughter Terry Monette Young Bradley(Michael),two sons Byron Anthony Young and Curtis Edmond Young
all of Johnson City,TN.one uncle Richard Watterson(Barbara) also ofJohnson City :grandchildren,Trey Bradley,Corey Young,Chabrelle
Young, Candice Young,Brett Young and Logan Young and other relatatives and many friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm,
Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
prior to the Services.
James Robert Vaughan
James Robert Vaughan, born January 4, 1953 in Johnson City, entered
into rest on Saturday March 12, 2016. James was preceded in death by his Father, Robert Lee Vaughan, Mother Verna Vaughan,
Sister Verna Lee Vaughan, and his Brother Ronnie Vaughan. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Mary Katherine Vaughan
and second wife Sherry Vaughan.
James is survived by his daughter Shantelle Suits (Rick), son Joe Rosenbaum(Cassidy), sister Sarah Ann Birchette, brother
Michael Vaughan. Grandchildren, Breanna, Hannah, Haylee, and Kaylee Suits all of Johnson City. And Great-Grandaughter Autumn
Suits. Nephews John F. Birchette, IV, and Mose White. Nieces Michelle Duncan, April Deck, and Shaunice Vaughan. Great-Nephews,
Caleb Keith Duncan, Noah Christopher Duncan, Lucas Charles Duncan, Christopher James Deck, Michael Joseph Deck, Ayden White,Landon
White, and JaMichael Vaughan. Great-Nieces, Nya Lee Deck, Faith Michelle Deck, Mary Katherine Deck, Skylar White, and Allana
French. Sister in-law Estelle Vaughan. Numerous loving cousins and friends.
James loved his family deeply and enjoyed every moment with Grandchildren. James is a graduate of Science Hill High School
and was employed by Birchette Mortuary.
Memorial Services will be held at 3:00pm on Friday March 18, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive
friends from 2:00pm until 3:00pm at the chapel prior to the services.
Amanda Darlene "Amy" Hilton McKinney
Amanda Darlene "Amy" Hilton McKinney, 48 of
Johnson City passed away peacefully Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the JCMC. after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the beloved daughter of Richard and Nancy Hilton, both of Johnson City.
She was of Apostolic faith and was baptized in the name of Jesus. She enjoyed
spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and was everyone's favorite aunt.
She knew no stranger. Amy had a one of a kind personality and brightened any room
she entered and always made people laugh with her humor and forever positive attitude. She was a blessing
to everyone who knew her and will forever be missed.
is survived by her son Nicholas McKinney and wife Tyeshia, son TJ Williams and wife Amber. Grandchildren Aadyn, Aayla, Nakiya,
Dezarias, Aniysha, Keion, A'Kyrra, and Braeden. Her brother Richy Hilton, three sisters Ellen (Tony) Bennett, Mitzi
(Donald) Collins and Jacki (Ron) Sloan all of Johnson City. Her special friends Angie Collins and Shayne Francis. And
many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at Grace Temple Church, Friday March 11, 2016 at 12:30pm. The Family will
receive friends from 11:30am to 12:30pm prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow at Washington County Memory
: Dustin Long, Taylor Collins, Tony Bennett, Cheyenne Bennett, Jordon Dugger and Bubby Forney.
Nora John Collins
Nora John Collins was called home to be
with the Lord on February 18th 2016 at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City Tennessee
was born on November 2, 1922 in Talula, Mississippi to Dave and Irene Collins. He was next to the youngest of 10 siblings.
In his early years John served in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945. John worked on the family farm until he relocated
to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he married Susan Johnson in 1947 from this union four children were born: Sharron, Nora Jean,
Linda and Michael. John started off in the farming industry for 9 years. For over 50 years John was the master chef for the
John McSorley family of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. His other accomplishments were being a contractor until he retired. John
Collins started off as a junior deacon at the tender age of 17. He faithfully served as Deacon John Collins for 76 years in
this ministry of Christian faith. He has served in well over 6 Baptist churches with his final deaconship being with Mount
Olive Baptist Church in Johnson City Tennessee. Deacon Collins has mentored over 36 Deacons in his lifetime. Deacon Collins
served the Lord continuously with his respect wisdom and love of God and the fellowship of believers in his heart. Deacon
Collins is preceded in death by his wife Susan Collins and daughter Nora Jean Collins . Deacon Collins is survived by devoted
daughter Sharron Robinson, Linda Holland and Michael Collins along with 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and one
Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm Tuesday February 23, 2016
at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Chapel prior to the services.
Burial will follow at the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City TN.
Elizabeth Diane Riddick
Another Angel has been
lifted from us to start a new life. Elizabeth Diane Riddick, also known as Betty Hill, was given a new body and a new life
on February 11, 2016.
Elizabeth was born on January
28, 1949, in Washington County, TN. She was the daughter of the late Mary Freeman and Douglas Owens. She devoted her life
to helping people, taking care of her family, and of course cooking. She also enjoyed working in the yard planting flowers.
Elizabeth was our “Super Woman”, and left an impact on anyone that she met.
She is preceded in death by her son, Brian Hill; sisters, Shelia DeLaney and Teresa Rhea.
She is survived by her children, Vincent “Dewayne”
Hill (Christy), Jonesborough, Sherita “Renee” Riddick (Tawana), James Riddick (Andrea) and Tanisha Riddick (LaRue),
all of Johnson City; two brothers, Thomas Fields and James Fields, both of Johnson City; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Linda Ferguson.
family will be receiving family and friends at 507 Robinson Drive in Johnson City.
services will be held at 1:00pm Saturday February 20, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends
from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Prior to the services.
Sadie Mae Looney Davenport went to her heavenly resting place on Monday, January
18, 2016 surrounded by family after a lengthy illness. She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church for many
years until her health prohibited her from attending. However she continued to be a member of the church's senior ministry
even while she was homebound.
was the born in 1929 and was the daughter of the late Roy Looney and the late Dorothy Cash Looney. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Edward Nathaniel Davenport, and her son Robert L. Branch, Jr.
enjoyed reading her Bible, books and magazines, shopping, gardening and bowling when her health permitted. She was especially
proud of her only granddaughter who was her pride and joy, Alaina Nicole Bradley and she was so proud to see her graduate
from ETSU in 2014.
leaves behind her beloved granddaughter, Alaina Nicole Bradley, her daughter Diane Bradley (Joseph) of Johnson City; her son
Michael Branch (Missy) of Johnson City; her uncle Reverend Elihue Looney of Athens, Tennessee and several cousins and special
services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 810 Montgomery Street, Johnson City, Tennessee
with visitation from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, prior to the services.
Richard A. Holloway
Richard A. Holloway, 63 of Johnson City, TN passed away peacefully at his home on January 16, 2016.
His devoted wife and daughter were by his side. Richard served two years in the United States Airforce and left with honorable
recognition. He also attended technical college for drafting. He recently retired from the VA after being employed there for
more than 30 years. He is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Holloway as well as other family members. He leaves behind
to mourn his passing his mother, Loretha Holloway; his devoted wife of 36 years, Gloria Holloway and daughters: Indya Holloway
and Barbara Sutton (Charles), both of Johnson City; two sisters, Anita Covington and Connie Hardge; one brother, LeRoy Holloway;
two grandsons, Charles Sutton III and Justice Sutton; and one Aunt, Carolyn Wilson (Mickey).
The family of
Richard Holloway would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the family during this difficult time.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm Friday January 22, 2016
at Grace Temple Church in Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at
the Church. Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery in Mountain Home, TN.
Willie Mae Earnest
Mae Earnest was called home to be with the Lord on January
13, 2016 at Villa Rosa Nursing home in
Ms. Earnest was born on October 15, 1922 in Waynesboro,
GA to Nathan and Mary Mack. She
was the oldest of three girls. The family relocated to Pompano Beach, Fl.
When her parents worked it was her responsibility to care for her younger sisters. Those duties included cleaning the
house, doing laundry, and cooking meals for the family.
Willie Mae married Walter Brady in 1938 and in 1940 relocated to
Johnson City, Tennessee. From this union four children were born: Charles, Ezell, Leroy, and Mary. She was industrious and acquainted with hard work. Willie
Mae was a homemaker who believed in cleanliness.
She spent time gardening and raising chickens.
Her hobbies included listening to music and dancing.
Ms. Earnest attended Grace Temple Church and later joined Thankful
Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Ms. Earnest relocated to Upper Marlboro, MD in 1997 to live with
her daughter Ezell and son-in-law Charles Richardson. She joined Beth Shalom A.M.E. Zion church.
was preceded in death by her husband, Searles Earnest, three children, Charles Brady, Mary Session, Leroy Brady, four grandchildren
and sister, Eva Wade.
Ms. Earnest is survived by her devoted daughter Ezell Richardson,
son-in-law Charles D. Richardson II, Ezell’s sisters and brothers Anthony Murray (Sheila), Adrianne Tartar (William),
Keith Brady (Cynthia), Carol Brady, Donald Brady (Judith), twelve grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and a number
of great-great grandchildren, sister Lessie Franklin, and one niece.
services will be held at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel on Saturday January 30th at 12:30pm. The family will receive friend
from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Chapel prior to the services. Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens
in Johnson City, TN.
Marian Brady, 80, of Johnson City, TN. Was born on
August 7, 1935 in Limestone TN. She
is the daughter of the late Albert Miller and Ida Bell Hartsell. She was the last surviving member of the Miller and Hartsell
Marian is survived by her Daughters, Janice (Robert) Madison, Bristol,TN. Joyce
Dickson, Knoxville, TN. Teresa (Ben) Price, Flint. MI. Eugenia (Terry) Byrd, Johnson City, TN. Her Sons, Michael, Phil, Ricky
(Terri) of Kingsport, TN., Timmy, Billy, Davie, and Chuckie Bowling, all of Johnson City, TN.
29 Grandchildren several Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great- Great- Grandchild.
The family will receive friends at 508 E. Fairview Ave., in Johnson City and at the home of daughter Jeannie Byrd at
303 W. Main St. in Johnson City, TN.
Marian loved collecting salt and pepper shakers and sending special cards to her family and friends
will be held at 1:00pm Monday January 18,
2016 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior to the services.
Burial will follow at the Urbana Cemetery in Limestone, TN.
Wilmer Hall Sr.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Wilmer Hall Sr. will be held at 11:00am January 13, 2016 at Mt. Olive
Baptist Church, 210 Montgomery St. in Johnson City, TN.
Jerry William McConnell age 65, Johnson City
TN., went home to be with the lord on December 28, 2015. He was the son of the late James and Carolyn McConnell, Grandson
of the late Alvir and Hattie McConnell, and Virgil and Nina Perkins. He attended Douglas Elementary, Langston High School
and Graduated from Science Hill High School and developed life long friendships there with Fred “Buddy” Scott,
Mike Bristol, and Sonny Widner. He graduated from ETSU with a degree in Liberal Studies. He had a close relationship with
God, loved reading his Bible and attending Friendship Baptist Church. He was employed at Nuclear Fuel Services for many years
and worked at the VA Mountain Home until 2011 when he retired due to illness. He was a Vietnam veteran receiving the Bronze
star and Medal of Valor. Left to mourn his loss is his only child Marque McConnell Diamondcrest(Rachel), 8 Grandchildren,
Carolyn, Jamese, Marquena, Marque Jr., Caris, James, Britton, and Braislinn, all of Johnson City. He also leaves behind an
Uncle Terry Perkins(Noelle), of Covington GA. Cousins David Johnson, of Knoxville, TN., Rose Tate and Jane Brown both of California,
and a host of cousins in several areas. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and doctors a MSHA
in the ICU and 5500. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Good Samaritan Ministries.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00pm Saturday January
9, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. Dr. C.H.Charlton presiding.
Mr. John Harrison Manuel, Sr.
Mr. John Harrison Manuel, Sr., was born December 20, 1921 in Greeneville, TN.
He was the son of the late John Franklin Manuel and Anna Snapp Manuel both of Greeneville, TN. Mr. Manuel served in the US
Army and was stationed in Germany. He received an Honorable Discharge from the service on November 3, 1946. Upon returning
from the service he married Ms. Mollie Jane Goines of Limestone, TN. On May 10, 1947. He worked for a short time at the Veterans
Administration in Johnson City, TN., he later moved back to Greeneville and began working at Meco Industries where he later
Mr. Manuel was a Member of the tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, TN., for many years. He serviced as
an Elder and a Sunday school teacher for many years. Mr. Manuel served his church faithfully as long as his health permitted.
He loved working in his garden, and working with his wife in her flower garden.
Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, and seven sisters, Annie Lee Manuel, Emily Manuel, Lillie Mae Manuel, Nolia B.
Price, Frances Louise Manuel, Sylvia Rogers, and Cardelia Brown. Three brothers, Herbert Manuel, Frank Manuel, and Jessie
Manuel is survived by his wife Mrs. Mollie Manuel, four children; John H. Manuel, Jr. (Morena) both of California, Jerome
G. Manuel(Phyllis), and Calvin P. Manuel, both of Johnson City. A daughter Cassandra D. Manuel of Greeneville, TN. One brother, Mr. Walter Arvin Manuel of Greeneville
Six Grandchildren, Wendy and Kimberly Manuel of California, Darrell Manuel of Johnson City,
TN. Yentyl Manuel of Georgia, Isaith Madison of Bristol, TN., and Tina Shell of Johnson City, TN. Two Step Grandchildren, Marcus Prather, and Felicia Perking
of Johnson City, TN. Five
Great Grandchildren, Nicholas Manuel and Anthony Manuel of Georgia, and Ania Shell of Johnson City, TN. He was also surrounded
in love by his nieces, nephews, and many friends whom he considered and extension of his family.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00pm Monday January 4, 2016 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 12:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at the VA National
Cemetery in Mountain Home, TN.
Alfred Greenlee, 88, has joined
God’s choir of angels. He passed at home surrounded by family and friends after a long illness. Alfred was a Deacon
at Bethel Christian Church in Jonesborough, TN. Alfred retired as a superintendent of the Jonesborough Water Department in
1989 and continued to serve his community in many ways. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Perry. To mourn his
passing, he has four daughters, JoAnn Fitzgerald of Jonesborough, Gwendolyn Quinn of Shalimar, FL, Karan Gilispie(Noah) of
Jonesborough, and Marilyn Bowers of Morristown; five sons, Harold Stevenson of Jonesborough, Herbert Stevenson(Diane) of Florisant,
MO, Starlin Perry of Jonesborough, William Alfred Greenlee(Sandra)of Huntsville, AL, and James Walter Greenlee(Lamonica) of Deatsville,
AL. 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.
lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations
be made in memory of Alfred Greenlee to Bethel Christian Church’s Men’s and Women’s Fellowship, 701 Depot
Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659.
“Now all we can see of God is
like a cloudy picture in the mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will,
just as God completely understands us. For now there is faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.”
1 Corinthians 13
Memorial Services will be held at 11am Saturday December 12, 2015 at Bethel Christian Church in Jonesborough TN.
Haynes E. Norris
E. Norris, 63, passed
on December 6, 2015. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
He was a 1970 graduate of Science Hill High School where he was a member
of the football, baseball and basketball teams and a record setter for the track team.
He attended ETSU where he also ran track and graduated with a degree in Business. He was an avid sports fan. He
was a charter member and the first Basileus of
the Theta Zeta Chapter of the Omega Psi Phifraternity at ETSU. He
was employed by United Telephone System in the Human Resource Department until the late 1980’s. He moved to Murfreesboro and was employed
at RGIS there. He retired in Johnson
At an early age, he was baptized at Thankful Baptist
Church, Johnson City. He was a faithful worker there in the Sunday School and was a member of the youth choir.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
The Rev E. W. and Gracie Norris and George and Viola Haynes. He leaves to remember him, his children, Angela Barkley,
(Tekai) Norris-Shu and Jason Norris, Bristol , TN; his parents, Willie E and Thelma Norris of Johnson City, Tn.; one brother, Thomas A. (Kimberly ) Norris, Bristol, TN and one
sister, Jackie (Fred) Fields, Murfreesboro, TN, four
grandchildren, Jordan Barkley, Amya Norris, Grace Ann Shu and Jalen Norris. He had four nieces, three nephews, eight
great nieces and nephews and one great great nephew along with a host of other relatives. He also had and loved his two stepchildren and four step-grandchildren and one step great grandson.
with the family will be Saturday, December 12, 2015 between 11AM and 12PM with the funeral following at 12PM at Thankful Baptist
Church, 1501 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, TN.
Frances G. Roots
Frances G. Roots, age, 82 of the Johnson City
community, graduated to heaven on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Hospital.
Frances was born on January 21, 1933, Wilkes County, North Carolina, to the late Gaston Parks and Eva Parks. The
family later moved to Johnson City, Tennessee where she graduated from Langston High School Frances later attended Cunningham
Beauty School, Richmond Virginia as a certified hair stylist and became a gifted seamstress. In addition to her late parents,
Frances was preceded in death by her daughter Neya Roots three sisters, Katherine Harris, Etolia Harris, Aleice Daniels, five
brother Fred, Lloyd, Elmer, Ray, and David. Frances was an exceptional cook, expert seamstress, and had a special love for
family and children.
She is survived by her loving husband, Harold Thronton Roots, son, Ronald H. Roots, daughters,
Darlene Roots-Douglas and foster daughter Gladys Belcher; Brothers Daniel and Luther.
Services will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday December 5, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City. The family will
receive friends from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the church prior to the services. A Graveside service will be held at 11:00am on
Monday December 7, 2015 at Washington County Memory Gardens.
Tiaria Kenyata Miller
Kenyata Miller, born February 16, 1996 in Decatur, Alabama moved to Tennessee with her family nearly 14 years ago. Tiaria
is survived by her loving mother Samantha Miller, her Step Father Rudolfo Grajeda, and her three wonderful brothers, Fabian,
Christain, and Dillan Miller all of Johnson City. She also leaves behind so many other friends and relatives and her special
friend Chelsey Scott, her friend until the end.
called “TT” by her loving family,Tiaria instantly started making friends upon moving to Tennessee and everyone
was immediately able to see her passion and caring nature, the rest is history. She would do anything for anyone and would
not expect or accept anything in return. Growing up with three older brothers that did anything she asked of them, Tiaria
accomplished so many great things in her life.
From Her Brother Dillan:
bad things happen to good people but I don't understand why and I don't understand this. She was so bright, kind hearted,
loving, and caring. She would do anything for anyone. She always kept a smile on her face, a beautiful smile at that
I remember. Growing up you were
a mama's girl, you always stuck to her. Then you two became so much alike I couldn't stand it. You would argue with her because
you always had to have the biggest room. Then you and Mama became best friends. She is so lost
now. We love you “TT” and we will never forget you and we will always love you baby, I will see you again I promise."
“ TT” the family will never be the same
without you here with us but we want you to know that we will make it through this and remember your beautiful smile and caring
nature everyday for the rest of our lives. R.I.P “TT” you will always be loved and never be forgotten.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm Saturday November 21, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family
will receive friends from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Chapel prior to the services
Willie Lee Rutledge
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test,
that person will
receive the crown of
life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
Lee Rutledge, 68, of 1407 Colony Park Drive, peacefully passed away
Mountain Home VA Hospice Care Center on November 12, 2015 following a brief illness.
Willie, the 9th
of 13 children, was born on June 19, 1947 in the Boones Creek Community to the
late James Paul and Kathleen Gay Rutledge. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death
5 siblings, James S. and Donald A. Rutledge, Phyllis Rutledge Thompson, 2 newborn
brothers, and beloved daughter, Natasha Danielle Rutledge.
He was a member of the last graduating class of Langston High School which closed
While attending school
he was active in athletics and excelled as a football and basketball player.
Following graduation he joined the US Air Force and continued his service to his
his honorable discharge
as a member of the Air Reserve Corps earning the rank of Master
Willie settled in Peoria, Illinois where he was employed by Caterpillar for 28
1/2 years. Having
lost his love for East Tennessee, he returned to Johnson City in 2000 and he actively
pursued his hobbies of fishing, gardening, and cooking.
He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee since childhood.
His mission become the veterans at the Mountain Home VA Center and over the years
developed with those
in AA where he led Bible Studies and other outreach programs which
him to literally go into the streets of the community in order to minister to those in need.
He humbly and diligently followed this “call upon his life” until
Those left to cherish
his memory include: 2 sons, Marcus Rutledge, Peoria, Illinois, and Sean D.
Rutledge, Johnson City; 2 brothers, Cecil E. Rutledge (Clara Faye) and Paul L.
Johnson City; 5 sisters,
Peggy Rutledge Warlix (Charles), Springfield Gardens, NY; Georgia
Thomas, Washington, DC; Carolyn Rutledge Knaff-Yett, Johnson City; Vanessa
Rutledge Babb, Jonesborough; Deborah Rutledge Smith (Bernard), Charlotte, NC. Several Aunts
grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A visitation will be held from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Birchette
Joyce Lee Miller
Ms. Joyce Lee Miller 67, of 540 Washington Ave, Johnson
City, TN went to be with her lord on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
She was born in Greenville
TN on August 24, 1948 and was formerly from Limestone TN. She was the daughter of Mary Kate Reeves and the late Joseph David
She was preceded in death by her Step Father GW Reeves, Granddaughter Kierra LeAnn Miller, and brothers Joe Miller
and Charles Miller of Greenville.
She was a faithful member of Grace Temple church eternal life center. As long as she
was in good health she sung in the choir.
Surviving her is her Son Jarrett Miller of Johnson City, Daughter Jackie Shipley
of Bristol, a Granddaughter Mikayla Miller and grandsons Noah Miller, Karin Miller and Jacob Miller. Three sisters Mary
Ann James, Maxie and husband George Hines of Johnson City TN, and Alice Faye and husband Richard Richmond of Elizabethton
, and a host of family.
Funeral services for Joyce Lee Miller Will be conducted at 1pm on Nov 4, 2015 At Grace Temple
Church Eternal Life Center, 208 Garden Dr., in Johnson City, with District Elder Mark Redd. Pallbearers will be
family and friends. The family will receive friends at the church from 12pm to 1pm. Interment will follow at Urbana
Cemetery in Limestone TN.
Family will receive friends at her mothers home Mary Kate Reeves 312 West Holston Ave.,
Johnson City TN 37601.
Faye Brown Feggans
Born January 17, 1936 Departed October 7, 2015
Faye Brown Feggans born January 17, 1936 to Louis D. Brown and Lucille Birdwell Brown in Jonesborough, TN. Loretta later relocated
to Brooklyn, NY where she attended Girls High and Swift. She also attended Queensboro Community College. She worked for the
City of New York where she retired due to medical issues. Loretta later returned home to Jonesborough and worked for the Washington
County School system as a Teacher’s Aide for over 25 years.
While in New York Loretta received Christ as her Lord and Savior and filled with
the Holy Spirit. She attended Ebenezer Baptist Church in New York, Pastor Timothy P. Mitchell. She then returned home to Tennessee
where she attended Bethel Christian Church, Pastor Vincent M. Dial. She also attended Grace Temple Church, Bishop Aaron Redd.
Loretta was a loving mother, awesome and devoted, and an inspiration to everyone
she encountered. She was also a great problem solver.
She was preceded in death
by her Mother, Lucille Brown and Father Louis D. Brown. One son, Theron A. Feggans, a sister Vivian Granger, and her loving
sister-in-law Barbara Feggans.
She is survived by five
children, Frajan Feggans, Darell Bowling, Micha Wheeler, Dietra Beco, Rev. Jared Feggans, and his
wife Sister Cynthia Feggans. Aunt Marion McKinney. Three Sisters, Frajan Payne, Roslyn Harvey, Janith Murray, her husband
David Murray, and the Father
of her children Bishop Vernon Feggans. And a host of Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great Great-grandchildren , friends
and loved ones.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday October 14, 2015 at Bethel
Christian Church in Jonesborough TN.
Joseph Liteta born November 22, 1972 in Lusaka, Zambia passed away August 27, 2015 at the
Johnson City Medical Center. Joseph is survived by his wife Martha and his Mother along with several brothers and sisters
Graveside Services will be held at 2:30pm
Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City, TN.
Lloyd Elmer Rollins 61, of Limestone, TN, was called to his heavenly home on September 30, 2015
from the Johnson City Medical Center. He graduated from Chuckey- Doak High School and attended Walter State College, both
of which he played basketball. He is preceded in death by his mother, the late Violet Rollins. Survivors include one daughter,
Sherika Hamilton of Johnson City; one granddaughter, Janiya Hamilton of Johnson City; one sister, Sonja Conley of Johnson
City; four brothers, William Rollins (Janna) of Greenville, Daniel Rollins Of Limestone, Harrison Rollins (Kathy) of Chucky,
and Michael Rollins (Mary) of Limestone; several nieces and nephews, and many other family and friends. Funeral Services
will be held at 7:00pm Tuesday October 6, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church 522 W. Main St. in Johnson City. The family will
receive friends from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the church prior to the services. Burial will follow at 1:00pm Wednesday October 7,
2015 at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City.
Jeremy Lynn Stevens
Jeremy Lynn Stevens, an endearing friend to all who knew him, passed away unexpectedly
Tuesday September 22, 2015. He was 35.
of 206 W Chilhowie Johnson City, TN was born January 16, 1980 to parents Debra Darlene Mathes Crum and Jerry Lynn Stevens,
both also of Johnson City TN. He was a graduate of Science Hill High School, where he worked closely & passionately thru
the years with the basketball and football programs.
He was a dedicated employee of Daniel Boone High School Janitorial Services as well as The City of Johnson City Carver
Recreation Center, where he had also spent many cherished days growing up and making an impact on the community and everyone
that crossed his path.
gentle, gracious, and thorough in all aspects of his life, leaves behind many loved ones to honor that memory, in addition
to his parents, his sisters, Michele Mason, Chasaty Greenlee, Shereece Buford, Shamus Stevens, Essence Love, Nyrashia Love,
Anashia Love, all of Johnson City, TN; Angel (Terrance) Turner of Elizabethton, TN; Kendra (Derek) Scruggs of Lawrenceville,
GA; Tasha Greenlee of Atlanta, GA; his
brothers, Scotty (Susan) Fain,
Todd Conley, Orville Buford of Johnson City, TN; David Fair of Clifton, TN;
Keyon Crum of Spartanburg, SC. God Parents, Clarence & Margaret Easterly. A very special dear nephew Michaeus Rowe; An abundance of aunts, uncles, cousins,
nieces, nephews, and great- nieces, as well as a pivotal mentor, role model and father figure, Kenneth “Herb”
preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Jacquetta & Luther Mathes, fraternal grandparents Clyde & Jennie Mae
Stevens, Uncles Melvin Stevens &
Michael Fields, Aunts Arletha “Argo” Adams & Pam McKinney.
The family sincerely thanks everyone wholeheartedly, that
has been touched by Jeremy’s selflessness, friendship, and genuine interaction. A special thanks to Carver Recreation
Center, Daniel Boone & Science Hill High School (faculty, staff,& students), Jims Motorcycle, Select Seven Credit
Union, City of Johnson City, and Capone’s.
Services will be held at 1:00pm Saturday October 3, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City. The family will receive
friends from 12:00pm-1:00pm prior to the services.
Anne Elizabeth Shelton
Anne Elizabeth Shelton, 68, of Gray TN., died
September 3, 2015 as a result of Ovarian Cancer.
Born September 8, 1946, she was taught by her grandmother, Lucille P. Davenport, in a one-room
school house in Turtle Creek, Texas. Anne was an honors graduate of ETSU with a Master’s Degree in Humanities, and also
earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science/Archives from Southern Illinois University.
An Archivist, Teacher, Librarian, Peer Counselor,
Software Writer, and IT support person, Anne has also been employed by Citi since 2005.
Anne is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She has been a dedicated activist for voter, civil, and human
rights for all minorities. She has been a member, as well as an officer of the NAACP since 2004, a volunteer with Umoja, and
is a member and whole-hearted supporter of the LGBT Community.
Anne is survived by her wife, Cynthia L. Garrett of Gray TN. A daughter, Jennifer Sims.
Two sisters, Mary S. Ramage of Nashville, TN., and Rebekkah S. Kelley of Denton, NC. Two brothers-in-law, Dan Ramage
and James T. Kelly. Two nephews and one niece.
A memorial Service will be held Sunday September 13, 2015 at Samadhi Healing Arts Center, 324 W. Walnut
St., in Johnson City, TN., at 3:00pm
Kimberly Ann Carroll
Carroll, 38, of Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the
home of her father after a lengthy illness. Kim was a
lifelong resident of Johnson City.She
The Father’s House, Pastor Rocky Peeler.
preceded in death by her mother Sandra Kay (Long) Carroll. She loved
watching movies on the Lifetime Movie Network.She is
survived by her father, Chuck Carroll (Dianna); a son Gharian Carroll; brother
Wayne Carroll (Sarah); sister, Carly Thomason; step-sister, Ashley Williams
(Josh); two grandchildren, Addison Pierson and Cameron Carroll; four nieces,
Sadie Housewright, Makayla Carroll, Sanoa Carroll and Mariah Rowe; four
nephews, Jaden Carroll, Kyden Carroll, Lucas Self and Landon Self; several cousins,
aunts and uncles. Also special friends, Chaka Lathen and Eric Johnson.
wishes to extend a very special thank you to Mountain States Hospice and to the
staff at Franklin Woods Hospital for their love and compassionate care.
It was Kim’s
wish to be cremated and the family will receive friends on Sunday, September 6,
2015 from 2pm-3pm at Birchette Mortuary with a brief memorial service to follow
at 3pm. Other times you may visit the home of her father. Memories and
condolences may be shared with the family at the service.
Louise Rhea Simpson
Louise Rhea Simpson age 90, of Johnson City, TN
entered heaven on August 24, 2015 at Franklin Woods Hospital, following a brief
illness. Alice was born July 21, 1925 in Johnson City, TN. She graduated from
Langston in Johnson City, TN. Alice was a loving mother and grandmother to her
family. Alice loved to garden, work, and to watch wrestling. She continuously donated
money to Veterans. Alice worked at Memorial Hospital and Baxter (Pharmaseal)
where she was a long time employee and then later on retired from Pharmaseal.
married Arthur L. “Sammie” Simpson, and they
had ten children which she said “What was I thinking?” She preceded in death by
her mother Willie Mae Rhea and father; son, Vernon Leonard Simpson,
is survived by her children, three sons Sherman
Leon Simpson (Dalh), Gordon Allen Simpson; Sammy “ Mammy” Simpson and six
daughters, Mary Alice Simpson Greenlee; Nina Yvette Simpson- Turner; Shirley
Drew; Marie Scott; Helen Rhea; Alberta Rhea, additional survivors are 21 grandchildren,
several great, and great great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm, Monday
August 31, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive
friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at
Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City, TN.
Beverly Ann Benson, 68, left her earthly
home peacefully, on Monday, August 17, 2015; and entered into her heavenly home
at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Beverly was a native of Memphis, TN and moved to
Johnson City with her family as a teen.
Beverly attended Langston High School.
Beverly was a loving daughter, sister, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.
She loved her Lord and Savior, cooking, gardening,
arts & crafts, and adored her family.
Beverly was preceded in death by both her parents,
Melvin Benson, Lydia Bolton-Benson; a maternal grandmother, Anna Kate Randall;
a maternal aunt, Elizabeth Daniels; and a brother, Willie Edd Benson Sr.
She is survived by a daughter: Lydia
(Johnie) Edgerton of Johnson City; 3 grandchildren: Clinton Dejuan Benson;
Shaunita Jones; and Tyler Janeen Loreal Benson all of Johnson City; two
great-grandchildren: Zahara Noelle Benson Shaw and Kavion Na’ Quan Jones both
of Johnson City; a sister: Mary Elizabeth Benson of Sacremento, CA; and a host
of nephews and nieces.
A Memorial Service will be given in her honor
at 12:00pm Saturday, August 22 at New Zion Faith Center located at 1904
Jamestown Rd. Johnson City, TN. The Rev. E.E. Widby Sr., Pastor. The family
will receive friends at 11:00am prior to the services.
In the quiet
of the evening at 11:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July
22, 2015, Donna Avery Wagner went to her final home surrounded by a loving
family at Johnson City
following a lengthy illness. She was a
native of Carter County
and had lived in Johnson City
for a number of years. Donna was the
daughter of the late Sammuel and Evelyn Avery.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister
Glenda J. Avery. Donna was a retired
employee from K-mart. Survivors include
her loving and dedicated husband Steve Wagner, one son Michael (Neesha) Wagner,
two step-children Steven Wagner and Natosha (Chris) Reddick, one
step-grandchild Zion Reddick, three brothers James (Betty) Avery, Walter Avery,
and Eddie Avery, two sisters Gloria B. Avery and Lena Wells. Several nieces
and nephews also survive. Special thanks to Niece Greenlee for her care
The family is
receiving friends at the home of Jean Cole at 1903 East Millard Street, Johnson City, TN.
The funeral service will be held at Birchette
Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 28th beginning with the receiving of friends from
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The officiating
pastors are the Rev. Earnest Widby, Elder James Reddick, and the Rev. Jeannette
Clark. The music will be provided by St. Paul United Methodist
Church choir. The graveside service will be conducted at West Lawn
Cemetery following the
Brenda “Tot” Johnson Anderson Cole
Early Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015, the sunset for Brenda Johnson Anderson Cole, affectionately
known as “Tot”. Brenda, 67, born May 15, 1948 to Lucy Thomas Anderson and Winiford Johnson in Mountain City, TN.
Brenda was preceded in death by both parents.
Brenda “Tot” leaves to mourn her passing her husband of 44 years,
Larry Alvin Cole. Her only son,
Lonnie A. (Shandra) Cole and two granddaughters, London and Sydney. her “furry child “ “Mammie”, all
of Johnson City. Her siblings: Julia Letcher, Bristol, VA., Jacquetta (Edward) Hale, Patricia Anderson, Johnson City, Hugh
(Crystal) Anderson, Jonesborough, Oscar “Noog” (Josie) Anderson of San Angelo, TX. Jame “Bo” (Carmelia)
Anderson, Anthony (Tami) Anderson, and Thomas “Tommy” Anderson, all of
Johnson City, and Bryant “Winky” Anderson of Atlanta, GA. Four sister-in-laws: Clara Ray, Cardella
Gardner, Jean Cole, and Barbara Brown, all of Johnson City. A host of nieces, nephews and and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Monday July 27, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior to the services.
Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens.
William E. Rollins
Rollins of Johnson City, TN. , born December 31, 1953, entered into rest on Friday July 17, 2015 at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Mabel Rollins, six siblings, and one step granddaughter,
Kiara La Shay (Kiki Delaney).
He leaves to mourn, his fiance’, Delores Delaney, three step sons, Joe,
Jason (Angela), and Angelo Delaney. One Stepdaughter, Yakima Delaney, three Sisters, five brothers, and several nieces and
The family will receive friends at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel of Love from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
on Wednesday July 22, 2015. A 1:30 pm Graveside service will follow at the VA Mountain Home Cemetery in Johnson City.
Christopher Columbus "Teddy"
Sunrise November 9,1947
Sunset July 13, 2015
Christopher Columbus Hartsaw Jr. fondly known as “Teddy” age 67, passed
from this life at his home Monday, July 13. 2015. Teddy was a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. He was the eldest son of
the late Columbus (Ted) and Viola Hayden Hartsaw. At an early age Teddy, his mother and siblings joined St. Paul AME Zion
Church. He remained faithful in his support of the church until his passing.
He was educated in the Johnson City school system. Teddy , was a member of the
last class to graduate from Langston High School due to the school desegregation in 1965. He excelled in football and in basketball
while at Langston. He attended East Tennessee State University, before joining the United States Marine Corps, serving deployment
duties in Vietnam. Teddy, received an honorable discharge. After leaving the Marines, he lived a few years in California.
Returning home, Teddy was caregiver for both parents until their passing. He was employed with Sears Store in Johnson City,
later accepting employment with the Washington County School system, working at the Boone Creek elementary and middle schools.
He later joined the staff in the Johnson City School system, working at Indian Trail Middle School where he was honored for
outstanding service, receiving the “Staff Member of the Year” award in 2014.
He served as Head Custodian and Crossing Guard at the school. The Indian Trail
children loved “Mr. Teddy” and looked forward to speaking to him every day upon arriving and leaving the school.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Columbus and Viola Hartsaw, Maternal
and Paternal Grandparents, nephew, Jerry Bridwell Jr., brother, Colin Vaught. He leaves to mourn his loss 3 sisters, Norma
Faye Bridwell, Verna Howard, of Johnson City ,and Kay Hartsaw, Atlanta Georgia.3 brothers, Myron Hartsaw, Kenny Parks, Johnson
City, and Jerry (Val) Hartsaw, California, 1 Aunt Marie Rutherford and 1 Uncle Cleveland Hayden, of Morganton, NC. Several
nieces, nephews, and a host of Cousins other family and friends.
The Family will receive friends at the home of cousin Mrs. Billie Jane Conley
Scott, 603 Montgomery Street. The Family wishes to thank everyone for the kindness shown during the time of loss.
Please join our Home
Going Celebration for Teddy, Monday July 20, at St. Paul AME Zion Church, 201 Welbourne Street Johnson City. Visitation, 12:00
until 1:00pm, Celebration Services beginning at 1:00pm. Interment at Washington County Memory Garden, following the service.
David Eli Landy
David Eli Landy, 63, of
Johnson City, TN left this life for his Heavenly home on June 18, 2015. David
was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 13, 1952 and was the oldest of three
brothers. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and East Tennessee State
University he worked as a rehabilitation therapist at the VA hospital in Johnson
City, TN for over 20 years.
After his retirement
from the VA he went into the Morgan horse business and
had a successful vocation
and avocation with his horses and "Bar L Ranch" in
Johnson City. David
loved people and people loved him back. David was a friend to everyone who met
him and he filled every room he entered with light and love. He especially
loved his family and most of all his loving parents, Juanita and Arthur Landy
who preceded him.
He will be dearly missed
by all those who loved and befriended him, especially his brothers Stephen
Landy, MD, Scott Landy and his wife Dr. Cathy Landy, nephews David Landy, MD,
Noah Landy, Jonathan Landy and his wife Katie, and niece Bethany Landy-Hyman
and her husband Travis, and his faithful dog of 13 years, Ginny.
David never let his
disability with cerebral palsy prevent him from living a full life and was an
inspiration to those whose lives he touched. We will always remember our
beloved David. He had a heart of gold and he will forever remain a special part
of each and every one of us.
Special thanks to Rodney
McKinley and Jessica Phillips for being David’s friends and caregivers over the
In lieu of flowers,
please make donations to United Cerebral Palsy, 1825 K. Street NW, Suite 600,
Washington, D.C. 20006. www.ucp.org/donate
service is planned.
Tatiana Faith Hill
Miss Faith was born at Johnson
Medical Center & wasn't able to leave. While there she had several
wonderful nurses & doctors that took very good care of her. Faith
touched so many lives without ever saying a word & we thank God for the
impact she had on everyone. She was a feisty little girl who fought very
She is survived
by her loving parents, Jonathan & Michelle; Brothers, Cavonte Bridwell
& Jerradiyah Hill; Sisters, Jocelyn Hill & Jazmine Hill; Grandmothers,
Marguerite Bridwell, Jonesborough; Lela Foytik, Nashville; Grandfathers,
Garfield Hill, Elizabethton; Jerry Browning, Gray; Great Grandparents, Bernadine
Scott, Jonesborough; Ward & Iva Holton, Ovid, MI. Step Grandmothers, Dot
Browning, Gray; Willie Hill, Elizabethton. Also, several Aunts &
will be conducted on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 12:00 PM. The service
will be held at Birchette Mortuary, 219 E. Millard Street, Johnson City, TN
37601, with Pastor Aaron T Murphy, officiating.
The family will
receive friends Saturday prior to the service from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at
Birchette Mortuary. Burial will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens in Johnson City.
Mary Theresa Horist- Hall
Theresa Horist-Hall 57 passed away on May 24,2015 in Bristol, TN. Theresa is
survived by her husband Eric W Hall Sr. Children
Thomas Catolla , Daughter-in-law Sarah Ponder, Andrea D. Horist ,
Daughter-in-law Jama Scott, Hunter-Marie
Raney Son-in-Law Ronald Rope, Kendra Wells-Deathridge Son-in-law Don Deathridge.
Tre’za Horist-Clemons (Thomas Clemons) Terrie and Terisha Raney, Jed and Xzander
Rope, Jaylon and Kaley Wells and many others she took in as her own. Several nieces
nephews in Chicago.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:30pm on Friday May 29,2015
at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at 11:30am
prior to the services. Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery
41, 1430 Piedmont St. Johnson City, TN. departed this life Monday May 18, 2015 at his residence. He was preceded in
death by his father William Terry Edwardson and brother Sedrick Edwardson Sr. Survivors include; His wife Mrs. Vanetta
Belcher Edwardson, Girls: Mia Edwardson, Malayna Edwardson, Gabrielle Edwardson, stepdaughter Alexis Cole Mother; Mrs.
Glenda Kay Edwardson, Johnson City, TN. Brother: Steve Edwardson, Sister: Ms. Lisa Edwardson, Nephews: Jerry Hayes and
Sedrick Edwardson Jr.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00am Saturday May 23, 2015 at Birchette
Mortuary Inc. "Chapel of Love" the family will received friends from 10:30am until the hour of service. Rev William
J. Reid officiating.
Mary E. Shade
Mary Shade, 87 entered into rest peacefully on May 7, 2015
at her home. She was born February 22,1928 to the late Albert Joseph Tate and Ms. Minnie Beatrice Rutherford Tate. She was
a native of Marion, NC and moved to Johnson City, TN years later; where she was a member of Thankful Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by, her husband Robert H. Shade, one sister and thirteen brothers. She
leaves behind to mourn her passing; one son, Robert T. Shade, and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family of Mary
Shade would like to thank MSHA Hospice, Mr. and Mrs. Hall, and Thomas C. McKee for their consistent care.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Birchette
Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at 11:30pm prior to the services.
Dwyane L. Welch, was a
Johnson City, TN throughout his entire life. He will join waiting
for him in Paradise, his loving Mother Mrs. Gwendolyn Teresa Welch.Dwyane
enjoyed rap music, watching movies, having fun with friends, and most
of all, he loved hanging out with his Beloved Big Brother Arthur Welch III.
He leaves to cherish his memory; His loving Brother, Arthur Welch
III, Two Sisters, Henrietta Rullan(Edgar) and Gwynn
Welch-Fields(Richard). He also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family
was a very fun loving, special person and will be
Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday May 11, 2015 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive at 12:00pm prior
to the Services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery.
Denise Shade, age, 51, passed away on May 4th, 2015 peacefully at her home in Gray, TN with her husband by her side . A native
of Johnson City,Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Gertrude Shade.
In addition to her parents, Tammy was preceded in death
by her brother, Ronald Shade, two sisters, Jacqueline Shade and Katherine Shade; as well as other family members. She is survived
by her devoted husband, Dennis Jones; two sisters, Gloria Holloway and Sharon Shade both of Johnson City. She is also survived
by several nieces, great nieces and a great nephew.
Tammy's family would like to thank Avalon Hospice, her friends at CrossLife Church in
Johnson City, as well as those who offered spiritual support and words of encouragement during this time. .
will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary
family will receive at
12:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City.
September 12, 1977-April 30, 2015
We regretfully announce the passing
of Keturah Jennings.
Keturah was born September 12, 1977 in New York City. She is survived by her
mother, Deborah Adams of Jamica, NY., and her two children Dae and Devon Jennings
of Johnson City, TN. Keturah will
be returned to New York for
services at a later date.
Burrell Jr.Brigham was born 10-4-1942 and was called home 4-15-2015 He was proceed in death
by his wife Margaret Ann Brigham and parents.Bernice Summers and Burrell Sr.Brigham.
He lives behind a caring and loving fiance' Eve Brady. 3 sons 2 of Johnson City, Tennessee,Burrell III
and Tyrone Brigham,Titus wife(Jessica) of Flordia Ocala .7 grandchildren
,and several nieces and nephews
and a loving community of family and friends
A Memorial Service will held at 3:00pm on Friday April 24, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary
Constance Earnestine Carson
Sunrise 4/22/1960 - Sunset 4/15/2015
Constance Earnestine Carson 54, crossed finish line to victory after
a lengthy illness.
A native of Johnson City, TN, Connie lived a great part of her life in Kingsport,
TN. After honoring & defending her country by serving in United States Army, she later moved to Harrisburg,
Connie accepted Christ
as her Savior at a young age, she attended Friendship Baptist Church of Johnson City, TN. She attended Dobyns-Bennett
High School and graduated from Science Hill High School (Class of 78’). She studied at East Tenn. State University
and Northeast State Community College.
Connie enjoyed reading, planting flowers, trips to the Smokies and spending time with her
granddaughter Kalyna, (the apple of her eye!). She also loved spending time with her nephews Ayden, Landyn,
Antonio and Noah. Connie
had a quiet and shy way about her but shared her quick wit and humor with those she knew and loved.
Preceded in death by her
Father Earnest A. Carson and Step-Father, Joseph L. Gilmore, Connie leaves to mourn:
Mother Jeraldine Fields Gilmore, Johnson
City, TN. Two sons, Akeelan L. Young, Nashville, TN. and Alvin M. Young, aka Mikie, Johnson city TN. Brothers
Earnest D. Carson(Ann), Abingdon, VA, and Mose White (Christina), Todd Page-Gilmore ‘TJ‘, and Caleb Carson all
of Johnson City TN. Sisters Pamela C Rollins(Clinton) Johnson City, TN. Angela Gilmore of Kingsport TN.
A beautiful granddaughter Kalyna Young. A host of uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Special
friends include Richard Young and Wincey Copney.
A special thanks to the staff at Mountain Home Veteran Affairs and Nurse Cindy.
A celebration of Connie’s
life will be held 4:00pm on Monday 4/20/2015 at Friendship Baptist Church 522 W. Main St. Johnson City, TN. With Rev. C.H.
Charlton officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 3-4pm at the church and other times at the home of mother
Jeraldine Fields Gilmore, 514 E. Fairview Ave Johnson City, TN. Burial will be held 10:00 am Tuesday 4/21/2015 @ V.A.
cemetery Mountain Home, TN.
Georgia Lee Harris Taylor
Arrival March 9, 1943 ~ Departure April
Georgia Lee Taylor was born in York, AL to Fred, Sr. and Sarah Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willie Lee
Taylor, Sr., her brother, Fred Harris, Jr., her sister, Doris Leach and her
nephew, Fred Douglas Rogers.
Georgia Lee was a dedicated housewife who enjoyed cooking,
cleaning and caring for her family. A
cherished woman, she always put her family first. She was a loving wife, mother,
sister, aunt and grandmother who loved spending time with her children and with
her grandkids. She also enjoyed
gardening and decorating.
Cleveland, OH is where she met her beloved husband, Willie, who
swept her off of her feet for a lifelong love and companionship. They were wed
June 14, 1962, and celebrated
52 years of marriage before his passing in June 2014. Georgia Lee will be forever
loved and truly
Georgia Lee Harris Taylor leaves to mourn her passing, her
daughters, Pamela D. Taylor and Stephanie (Mechell) Smith, of Cleveland, OH;
her sons, Willie L. Taylor, Jr. of Greenville, SC and Maurice Taylor, Sr. of
Painsville, OH; her sister, Marva (Allen) Conley of Johnson City, TN; her
sister-in-law, Marilyn Harris of Elizabethton, TN; 16 adored grandchildren, 7
adored great-grandchildren and many loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on
Saturday April 18, 2015
at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm
to 1:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at the Washington County Memory Gardens.
Florence "Billie" Locke
Florence "Billie" Locke entered into
eternal rest on April 3, 2015, after a very lengthy illness at her
residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Sayers and
Elizabeth "Ann" Williams. Two brothers, Wesley
"Corneal" Sayers and Broderick "Chico" Sayers.
Survivors include a son Scott Sayers, and a daughter Samantha Dean. Siblings, Susan "Diann" Sayers,
Chesapeake, VA, Thomas "Ricky" Sayers, Johnson city, TN, Jeanne
Jackson (Plez), Hutchins, TX, Deborah Jamison (Leonard), New Castle, DE, Shonathan
"Mark" Hale, Seattle, WA, and Kelly Hale, Johnson City, TN. And several grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00p.m. Saturday April
11, 2015 at the Church of Our Lord Jesus, 1001 S. Broadway, Johnson City, TN.
Thomas James Harville
Thomas J. Harville was born to the
union of Henry and Gatsy
Harville on July 4, 1915 and departed this life on March 26, 2015 at his home.
Two other siblings were born to this union and preceded him namely Willie Nell
Harville, Johnson Cason and Housley
Thomas accepted Christ at a very
early age of 12 and was
united with Rising Star Baptist Church,-Benham, Kentucky.
Thomas married his sweetheart Wilma
on September 21, 1942
two children were born to this union- Kenneth (Dorothy) Harville and Era
The Family moved to Johnson City,
TN., on August 12, 1960,
and was united with Thankful Baptist Church. He has 6 Grandchildren; Kenneth
(Karen) Harville Jr., Todd (Ragini) Lee, Erika (Kuodjou) Nasah, Jasmine Potter,
Brianne Murray, and Cody Forbes and 10
Great-Grandchildren to Cherish his
Loving memories along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, other relatives,
and devoted care givers.
Harville is a member of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity and also
Phi Delta Kappa.
His civic and board affiliations
included Washington and
Carter County Red Cross, Broadside TV Commission, Senior Citizen Advisory,
Watauga Mental Health, Housing Authority Commission, and Pro-To- Club Inc.
Achievements, awards and recognitions
included but not
limited to being on of the Directors of the first Team Teaching experiment in the
Southeastern United States, Adjunct Instructor at Tusculum College, Tusculum,
TN. He also supervised curriculum revision mapping at Elizabethton High School.
Harville has a Trustee and Man of the Year of Thankful Baptist Church. He received
the Lifelong Achievement award
presented by the Black Faculty of East Tennessee State University, News Channel
11 Hometown Hero Award, and Elizabethton-Carter County Educators Hall of Fame
Funeral Services will
be held at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave., in Johnson City on
March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm. The family will receive friends from 11:00am-
12:00pm prior to the services.
Edward Williams Jr.
Sunrise 12/13/48 - Sunset 02/17/15
Services will be held at 1:30pm on Monday March 2 at Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City. The family will receive friends
from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the church prior to the services.
Beloved father, grandfather, great
grandfather, uncle and
friend went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 17 at the Johnson
City Medical center. David was the final surviving child of the late Mrs.
Willie C. Evans. David was preceded in death by his mother, Willie C. Evans, 9 brothers,
and daughter Susan Evans.
David was born on January 24, 1937
in Whitesburg, Tn.
David attended Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough, TN and Langston
High School in Johnson City, TN. David worked in the trucking industry for many
years before retiring in 2009.
David was affectionately called "pappy"
who knew him. He had a big presence in the lives of many and many times
"the life of the party". David was a very giving man and always
willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. David loved his family and his
David leaves behind three children
Ronald Evans, Nannette
Evans and Diane Evans Austin, 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a
host nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. David also leaves behind two dogs,
Red and Spot.
A memorial service honoring David's
legacy will be held
on Saturday, February 28th at 1PM. The service will take place at Faith Miracle
Sanctuary Christian Worship Center:
906 Grover Street, Johnson City,
TN 37659. The family
requests donations for medical expenses in lieu of flowers be sent to Lanisha
Evans: 1264 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37934.
Michael “Whitt” Whittington,
age 60, died Monday
evening February 16, 2015, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee
following a brief illness. He is
preceded in death by his son Michael G. Whittington and parents Harrison, Sr.
and Mary Whittington.
He retired in October 2014 from CSX Railroad after 37plus
years of service. A dedicated employee, his co-workers were considered a second
family. During his employment with CSX he traveled extensively throughout the
Southeastern United States where he and his co-workers made repairs to the
railroad track system.
He graduated from SHHS in 1973 and also attended Dunbar
and North Side Elementary schools. As a Boy Scout during his youth, Michael
gained valuable life skills and reinforced his personal values. His spiritual
life included being a long-time member of Thankful Baptist Church. He also served
in the Navy and was stationed
in San Diageo, California for a period of time.
An avid sports fan, Michael enjoyed watching and discussing basketball
and football games with his friends. His
favorite sports teams were the L.A. Lakers and Dallas Cowboys.
A devoted husband and father, he leaves behind to
cherish his memory his loving wife of 39 years, Carrie Goines Whittington and
three children, O’Bryan, Mary, and Marlene; one grandchild Ke’Zion Prince
Michael; two sisters Deborah (Roland) Williams and Karen Goddard and one
brother Harrison (Nina) Whittington, Jr., and his mother-in-law, Virginia
Goines; several sister-in-laws and brothers-in-laws; along with many nieces and
nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Special thanks and appreciation are extended to the
medical staff at the Johnson City Medical Center and Vanderbilt Hospital for
their skillful medical care and comforting ways during Michael’s time in their
services will be held at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson
City, TN. Sunday on Feb.22 at 4:00P.M. The family will receive friends, prior
to the beginning of the funeral service, from 2:30pm. to 4:00pm.
Loretta Hunter Smith
Loretta Hunter Smith was born on January 7, 1931,
in Johnson City, Tennessee to the late Morris Hunter, Sr. and Alberta Young
Hunter Holden. She was of the Baptist
She attended Johnson City Schools. She
was employed by Memorial Hospital,
Johnson City Veteran's Administration and Asbury Center. She enjoyed being with
her family, traveling
with the YaYa Girls and taking care of the elderly and disabled.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen
Loretta Smith Gillenwater; sisters, Jacquetta Hunter Mathis and Linda Darnell
Austin; brother, Morris Hunter, Jr.
She was married to the late Jack Kaywood Smith
and that union was blessed with 8 children:
Daughters, Carla Forney, Jacquella (Rick) Hall of Johnson City, Bobbie
Smith, Augusta, Georgia, Faye (Cleo) Ellis of Powell, Tennessee; Sons, Ronald
(Gwen) Smith, James (Sarah) Smith of Johnson City and Fred (Dorothy Moore)
Smith of Kingston, Tennessee. Along with
these seven children, she leaves to cherish her memories, 16 grandchildren, 45
great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, 9 nieces, 7 nephews, and
a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews; Cousins, Haseltine Howard,
Tennessee and Diane Stevenson, Florissant, Illinois. She also leaves a host of
friends and other relatives including her children of 9th Avenue, whom she
loved very much.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday
February 20, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm-2:00pm prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Park
and Recreation Foundation for the Kiwanis Park Playground Fund Contact:
Janice Sanders Nelson, 67, Piney Flats, surrounded by her
family, departed this life on Friday afternoon, February 13, 2015, at Johnson
City Medical Center, following a series of health complications.
She was born on January 2, 1948, the eldest child of the
late William “PJ” Sr. and Anne Turner Sanders of Johnson City, Tennessee, both,
predeceased her in 2012.
She attended Dunbar Elementary School and Langston High
School. Following the desegregation of Johnson City Public Schools, she became
one of the first black students to attend Science Hill High School and
graduated in 1966. She continued her education at Steed Business College.
Following the completion of her formal education, she
accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington,
D.C. where she resided for several years before transferring to Bridgeforth,
West Virginia where she remained until her retirement which culminated in
thirty-one years of service to the federal agency.
It was following her transfer to the West Virginia office
that Janice met and married the “love of her life”, George Nelson. Following
retirement and her desire to return
to East Tennessee, she and George moved in 2000 to Piney Flats, where they
enjoyed retirement until his death on May 16, 2008.
At a young age, Janice joined St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church,
where she thrived in her spiritual training and participated in Sunday School,
Youth, and Young Adult activities until she moved from the area.
In addition to enjoying her hobby of doll making and collecting
dolls, she belonged to the All God’s Children Collectors Club.
In addition to being predeceased by her husband and parents,
she lost “Little Nikki”, her beloved pet and companion of several years.
Janice leaves to cherish her memories, four brothers:
William Sanders, Jr., Alan Sanders (Lisa), Michael Sanders, Arthur Sanders
(Angela); two sisters: Angela Sanders (Art) and Gail Sanders, all of Johnson
City. A host of nieces and nephews and special friends: Carolyn Hall, Brenda
Watson, Brenda Maxwell and Pauletta Turner.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 19,
2015 from 12 to 1 PM at Birchette Mortuary to be followed immediately by a
memorial service in celebration of her life to be officiated by Dr. Juanita
Juanita B. Landy, 89, of Johnson City left
this life for her Heavenly home on February 11, 2015. Patiently awaiting her
arrival was her
beloved husband of 64 years, Arthur.
Their union was blessed by three children, David Eli Landy of Johnson
City, Stephen Hall Landy, MD of Memphis, and Alan Scott Landy of Johnson City;
Scott’s wife, Dr. Cathy Landy, four grandchildren, David Landy, MD, Noah Landy,
Jonathan Landy and his wife Katie, and Bethany Landy.
on September 30, 1925 in McArthur,
Ohio, Juanita was the youngest of thirteen children. Juanita was preceded by
her dearly loved
husband Arthur, parents Ralph and Clara, eight brothers; three sisters, and is
survived by one sister, Alice Graves.
graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing,
Gallipollis, Ohio, in March 1947, she then received her BS degree from the
University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Landy
served as a career VA employee at several VA Medical Centers throughout the
country as a nursing supervisor and educator.
She also worked at the Harper (Detroit), Berger (Ohio), Bent County (Colorado),
Appalachian Hall (Asheville), and Woodridge (Johnson City) community hosptials.
Juanita “Granny” to her family will be
truly missed and forever in our hearts.
A beloved mother, Juanita lived for her husband, children, and
grandchildren and chose a life of service to others. We love you Granny, “a
bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to
United Cerebral Palsy, 1825 K. Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. www.ucp.org/donate
No service is planned.
Paul Fredrick Hammonds
Paul Fredrick Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA, passed away
Saturday, February 7, 2015, at his home.
He was born February 17, 1943, in St. Charles, Virginia, son of Eva Mary Hamblin
Hammonds and the late John Earl Hammonds. He graduated from Bland High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and received a degree
from Morristown College, Morristown, Tennessee.
He proudly served and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked
for Watkins Motor Lines and store management at the Kroger Company.
In addition to his father, he is preceded in death
by his son, Carlos Hammonds; and a brother, Don Carlos Hammonds.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Cathy
M. Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA; his mother, Eva Mary Hammonds; sons, Jeffery Hammonds, and Tim (Denise) Hammonds, both of Atlanta,
GA; daughters, Katina (Sedrick) Wiggins ,of Carrollton, GA, Eva Hammonds, of Bowdon, GA, and Katie (Nick) Jones, of Myrtle
Beach, SC; sons, Paul Hammonds, of Kennesaw, GA, and Sean McCrae, of Orlando, FL; mother-in-law, Velma Allen, of Camphill,
AL; brothers, Wesley (Charnita) Hammonds, and Adrian Hammonds, both of Johnson City, TN; uncle, Clarence Hammonds; nephews,
Westin Hammonds, of Johnson City, TN, and Jeffery Williams, of Detroit, MI; niece, Doneta Lake, of Detroit, MI; great nephews,
Marcel Lake and Deon Williams, of Detroit, MI; great nieces, Micah Lake and Morgan Lake, both of Detroit, MI; brothers-in-law,
Robert (Mary) Williams, of Bowdon, GA, Mark (Hattie) Allen, of Dadeville, AL, Velpo Allen, of Nashville, TN, George Allen,
of Valley, AL, and Danny Allen, of Columbus, GA; sisters-in-law, Sandra Holloway, of Valley, AL, and Jackie (Bobby) Holloway,
of LaFayette, AL; seven grandchildren, Adiaha, Katilyn, Tyson, Madison, Amber, Lyric and Sydney; one great grandson, Andrew;
and his loving Pennington Gap family.
Funeral service will be conducted Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 4:00 PM from Martin
& Hightower Heritage Chapel with Bro. Robert Williams, Bro. Mark Allen, and Bro. LeRoy Holley officiating. Pallbearers
will be Nick Jones, Sedrick Wiggins, Westin Hammonds, Marcus Jackson, Ronnie Houston, James Heard and Mark Murdock.
A public viewing will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday February 15, 2015 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel.
Graveside service will be held Monday, February 16, 2015, at 9:00 AM in Mountain Home
National Cemetery at 53 Memorial Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Aaron Bernard Glasper,41, passed
away February 6, 2015
at his home in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was the son of Elwood Glasper Jr.
and Pamela Smith Glasper.
Aaron was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois on June 6,
1973. He attended and graduated from Venice High School. He later attended Job
Corp. were he went on to become an Instructor. This path lead to his residency
in Tennessee. Aaron was best known for his culinary skills. His reputation and
talents with the BBQ pit, and passion for Southern cooking opened many doors
He was a member of New Hope in Tennessee. He was a man
of many talents. Never turned down a challenge.
Son, Brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, friends, Aaron was
all of these and so much more. The man of the “Million Dollar” smile who did
not know a stranger. He is survived by
His Father, Elwood Glasper Jr., his 4 sisters; Anita J. Embery, Cynthia M.
Glasper, Diana L. Glasper, Marquetta R. Harrison, and his 2 brothers Emmett E.
Glasper and Anthony A. Glasper, 18 nieces and nephews and a 5 great niece and
nephews. His mother Pamela S Glasper, proceeded him in death in 1990.
The Memorial service will be held on February 11, 2015,
1:00pm at The Birchette Mortuary Chapel, the family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Chapel
Dinner for family and
friends @ Carver Recreation Center from 2-5PM
322 West Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604
Jesse D. Robinson Jr.
Robinson Jr., was a WWII veteran serving
for years in the Army, Stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge he
married his first wife, Adie Mae. The marriage lasted 43 years until her death
in 1995, and had three children.
Jessie is survived by his second wife Donna, of 19
years. His three children, Keith, Vanessa, and Tysha; Three Granddaughters,
Kimberly, Dion, and Nastassia; One Sister Genoice; Two Sons-in-law; One Brother
-in-law; One sister-in-law,;Five Great-Granddaughters, and several nieces,
nephews, and other family members.
Funeral Services will be at 12:00pm on Tuesday
February 10, 2015, at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive
friends at 11:00am prior to the services.
48 years old, Johnson City, TN. entered into the precious arms of Jesus
on Saturday, January 31, 2015 after a very lengthy illness. He worked at
Texas Instruments. Charles attended Grace Temple Church Eternal Life Center and
was saved at the age of 13 under Dr. Iona Locke. Charles was preceded in
death by his father, Dennis Franklin Inman; sister, Evangelist Teresa A. Hale
Rhea; nephew Phillip NeAaron Rhea. Charles leaves to mourn in his passing
his mother, Ms. Lena Octavia Hollie; his sisters, Wilmetta Collie (Johnnie),
Norma "Susie" Inman; his bothers, James, Michael Kitt Jr., Franklin
Inman, and brother in-law Joe Rhea; Nephews: Thomas Hale, Joseph Rhea, James
Rhea, and King Kitt. Nieces: Kissena Kornegay Sheets (Robert), Ebony Roundtree,
and Zakayla Kitt.
great nieces and nephews Preston Rhea, David Hall Jr. Talita Kitt, Nuveja and
Shamote Mims, and Jazara Jackson.
stranger. Special friends: Janice Spuergon, Kay Love, Richard Cole, and Babby
Barner. Special thanks to our Nephew Joseph Rhea for your continuous care. We
are forever grateful for you. Charlie enjoyed various music, singing, and fashion.
Thank you so
much for every act of kindness shown to the family. God Bless you.
Hollie and Inman
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm
on Thursday February 5, 2015 at Grace Temple Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30pm-1:00pm prior to the services.
Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens.
Sallie D. Hamilton
Sallie D. Hamilton , 57,
of Johnson City, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2015, at the
Johnson City Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was born
September 14, 1957 in Johnson City. She
was a graduate of Science Hill High School. She was employed by Aid &
Assist at Home. Sallie attended Church of Our Lord Jesus.
Sallie enjoyed playing softball
and had played with various
teams in Johnson City. Sallie was a
wonderful sister and friend and the most dedicated and proud mother.
She was the daughter of the late
Gilbert F. and Sarah W.
Hamilton. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Gilbert F.
Hamilton Jr. and Kenneth J Hamilton; Brother-in-law Donnal Charles.
Survivors include the light of her
life her daughter, Sheri
Lee Hamilton (Steve Taylor); Sisters Pastor Cora Lee Hamilton, Kathy Hamilton
Charles, Helen Hamilton Whittington, and Dorothy E. Hamilton; Brother Melvin
Mack Hamilton (Linda); Special Sister Nancy Simpson; Special Brothers Fletcher
Birchette, III and William Rhea. A host of nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Services will be Tuesday,
February 3, 2015 at
4:30 p.m.at Church of Our Lord Jesus, 1001 S. Broadway, Johnson City, TN with
Elder Mark A. Redd officiating. The
family will receive friends starting at 3:00 p.m. prior to the services.
Sherry Angela Greenlee
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Sherry Angela Greenlee
unexpectedly, went home to be with the Lord. She was born October 16, 1956 to
the late Barbara Greenlee. Sherry was educated in the Johnson City school
system. She was a member of the Youth Department at Friendship Baptist Church.
Leaving Johnson City at an early age she made her home in Flint, Michigan where
she resided until returning to Johnson City in August of 2014. She was employed
with the Alternative Services of Flint, Michigan. Sherry was so full of Life!
She loved laughing and joking with friends and family members. Her employment
at Whittmore Lake Nursing Home in Whittmore Lake, Michigan, allowed her time to
shower the patients with her love and laughter. Her children and grandchildren
were the center of her life. Sherry was known for her excellent cooking
abilities, a trait she learned while growing up in the home of her late
grandmother, Thelma Greenlee. She was always willing and happy to prepare
whatever foods were needed whenever asked. Sherry never met a stranger; she
would talk to you and become your friend immediately.
preceded in death by her late daughter, DeAundra
Greenlee, her mother, Barbara Greenlee, Grandparents, Herbert and Thelma
Greenlee, and Uncle, Herbert Greenlee Jr., and Aunt, Mary Kate Greenlee.
to mourn her passing, two Daughters: Tanisha
Greenlee, and DeAisha Greenlee. Grandchildren: Lamond Abernathy, Dequarion
Greenlee, Najee Greenlee, and Shari Greenlee, all of Flint, Michigan. One
sister, Carmela (David) Cox, Charlotte, NC. Three Brothers: Michael Greenlee of
Texas, William Carlton Greenlee, Durham, NC., And Dana (Vongreay) Harris,
Charlotte, NC. Five Nephews: Austin Greenlee, Kendrick Greenlee, Donte’ Harris,
Detrich Harris, Jaeden Cox, and one Niece, Marriah Harris.
Verna Morrison, Rebecca Greenlee, Pamela
Greenlee, and Nancy Greenlee all of Johnson City, and Carolyn Greenlee of
California. Three Uncles: William Greenlee, Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee, Donald
Greenlee, and a host of other relatives and friends.
friends, Pamela (Ronny) Bolden, Dora Carson,
and Patsy Goines of Johnson City, TN., Loretta Goines , Sue Graham of South
Carolina, Eleanor Cabanne, of Texas, and Margaret & Henry Dudley of Flint,
Funeral Services will
be held at 1:00pm Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends
at 12:00pm prior to the services.
Mr. Jeffery Johnson Jr.
Jeffery Johnson passed peacefully from this life the morning of January 15th
2015 at 1:05 am at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee
after a sudden decline in health. He was surrounded and supported by his love
ones and caregivers during the last days of her life. Pa Jeff was born in Lofa
Africa, move to the United States and have since resided in Johnson City,
Jeffery Johnson or Pa Jeff as he is commonly called is survived by his wife Ma
Adja; Six (6) Children: MJ, Fanta, fatu, Princess, Yatta, and George Johnson.
Fifteen (15) Grandchildren: Aziz, Nuch, Blessing, Eric, Anointing, Jeffery
Johnson, Cecelia, Courage, Ark, Kojo, Kwesi, Lede, Elax, Kblama. A host of
other relatives and In-Laws: Youngor Duanah, P. Berechiah Williams
`(Son-in-Law), Luzzi Zaza, Opata Lawrence, Kiki. Thanks to the Liberian and
African immigrant community in the United States, Friends, and Churches for all
your Support at this time of our bereavement. Special thanks to Bishop Dale
Roberts the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Birchette
Mortuary, and West Lawn Cemetery Directors.
memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 5:30pm. Location:
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Johnson City, TN 37601, In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to (1726 Dave Buck Rd. Apt. 303 Johnson
City, TN 37601).
Aretha O. Scott
Aretha O. Scott
went on to meet the Lord at her
home, on January 16, 2015, after a lengthy illness.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Elnora Petty Dickenson and
Robert Dickenson.Aretha Scott graduated from Science Hill High School in 1980
and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree Organizational Management at
Tusculum College in May of 2012. She was on leave from Century Link.
Aretha was a singer/songwriter, an author, an
encourager, a soldier in the Lord’s army, and a friend to all. Most of all,
Aretha was a survivor of not only cancer, but life. She knew that God was in
control and her courage to endure was an inspiration. She had a wonderful
support system in her family and some very special and close friends.
She leaves to mourn her passing three close
cousins, Angela M. Locke, Carolyn R. White, and Lanetta E. White, other
treasured relatives, some very close friends which she considered family, and a
host of friends.
Home going Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday,
January 23, 2015, at Grace Temple Church, 208 Garden Drive, Johnson City, TN,
with Pastor Mark Redd officiating.
The Burial will follow at the Washington County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm to 1:00 p.m.
Warmest thanks go to all of the medical personnel that took precious care of
her throughout all of her illnesses. Special thanks to Dr. Charles Famoyin and
the staff of Quality of Life Healthcare.
62, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, entered into eternal rest early Thursday
morning, January 8, 2015 at her residence.
Freda was born February 14, 1952 to Aquilla Lee Folston Phillips and the late William Phillips in Miami,
attended and graduated from the local public schools. She was a longtime employee
Furniture as a Professional Sprayer where she also served on the Safety
Committee until the company closed in 2001.
Freda then relocated to Winston-Salem where she was currently employed
with Flowers Baker. Throughout her
spiritual journey she was a Baptist by faith and was a member of Thankful
Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
She was faithful to the Lord, a hard worker and a devoted Mother. Freda
kept an abundance of love for her
children, grandkids and family. She was
the BEST cook in the World and was known for her fried fish and her sweet
potato pies!! She was preceded in death
by both parents and her sister Linda Carol Russaw. She leaves to ponder and
cherish her memory
three sons: Craig Phillips of Johnson City, TN; Robert Phillips, Zachary
Phillips both of Winston-Salem, NC; devoted fiancé: Robert Waymond Bailey of
Winston-Salem, NC; a sister: Janice (JC) Phillips: two brothers: William Robert
(June) Phillips, Jr. of Palm Coast, FL; Carl Franklin (Terry) Phillips of
Johnson City, TN; seven grandchildren; three nieces, two nephews and other
family and friends. Graveside service
will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at West Lawn Cemetery at 11am. Family
will receive friends immediately after at
Carver Recreation Center. Arrangements
are by Roberts Funeral Service of Winston-Salem.
Mable Inez Williams Glaspie
Williams Glaspie March 1, 1936-January 14, 2015, born Landrum, SC, to
the late Mary Louise Jackson Williams
Henderson and Edward Louis Williams, Sr. Mrs. Williams, Mable and Edward moved
to Johnson City in 1942 and resided at 200 Fall Street (Garden Drive). Years
later, the family moved to 400 Wilson
Ave. Mable’s home place. She was educated
in Johnson City’s segregated school system at Dunbar Elementary and graduated
from Langston High School in 1959. Mable
was preceded in death by her husband Will Glaspie and her brother Edward Lewis
Williams¸ Jr. She is a retired employee
of the Watauga Mental Health Center.
When God chose you,
He knew you would fulfill his plans to influence so, so many.
SHE RESIDES IN GLORY, SHE AWAITS: her Sister Mary Alexander, her brother,
Nathan Henderson (Georgette), three Sons:
Danny Eugene Williams, Sr. (Carolyn), William Luther Glaspie, (Cory), Larry
Keith Glaspie (Wendy), two daughters: Tammie Glaspie Charlton and Pauletta
Glaspie, a niece Christine Rhonda Williams Daniels (Melvin) who lived with her for
several years, and a very special lifelong friend Starlett Jean Rhea Benson
Williams. Eleven Grandchildren, three
Great Grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday January 17, 2015 at Thankful Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 12:00pm
prior to the services.
James "Jack" Johnson
On Saturday, January
3, 2015, James Richard
Johnson peacefully departed this earthly home to be with his Lord and
Savior. Jack Johnson was the eldest of seven children born to
the late Richard and Ethel Wagner Johnson. Jack was Born on
April 21, 1918, in Johnson City. Jack was educated in Johnson City,
graduating from the former Langston High School in 1938. He attended
Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), until enlisting in the Army
during WW11, where he participated in the European theater. Upon returning from
the Army, he married and was employed by General Shale Brick until 1965,
when he moved to Washington, DC. He is preceded in death by his wife
Geraldine Brown Johnson and sons Leonard Cooke and James Johnson, Jr., and
survived by his daughter Montye Johnson, Sister Helen McCall of LI
NY, Grace Liles, Johnson City, and Billie Mazon, Maryland.
held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Albright United Methodist Church 409
Rittenhouse Street, NW Washington,DC 20011
Willa Mae Vaught Plair
Sunrise: July 7, 1920 - Sunset:
January 5, 2015
born in Johnson City, TN. and attended Langston
High School. She was the second of eight children of the late William and Janie
Booher Vaught. After high school Willa moved to Washington DC where she became a
LPN. She was employed at Washington
Hospital Center until her retirement.
She was predeceased
by her husband Wendell Plair, Two sisters Lillie Redd and Vera Hoosier and four
brothers Howard, Alex, David and Lester Vaught.
survived by one son Angelo B. Newman Jr. Johnson City, and two daughters
Carolyn Newman, Johnson City, and
Barbara Plair, Hyattsville MD. Two Grandchildren DeAngelo B. Newman 3rd,
Johnson City and Charlette Marie McCullough (Scott), Murfreesboro TN. Two great
grand children Xavier J. Newman and Scottie McCullough. One great-great granddaughter
Zoey McCullough. One brother William
Vaught (Dorothy), Johnson City, One brother-in-law Robert Hoosier, Johnson
City, and One Sister-in-law Addie Vaught, Detroit, Mich. A host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
There will be no formal service per her
Gwendolyn Teresa Welch
Gwendolyn Teresa Welch, was a
long time resident of Johnson City, TN, and a retired employee of the
Johnson City Medical Center. Gwendolyn was born to the late Lewis V. and
Lucy Wilson-Hill on February 2, 1940. She was a devoted Christian
and maintained her relationship with her Heavenly Father throughout her
will join a family of
angels waiting; Her Mother and Father, Her Beloved Husband Arthur Welch Jr.,
two sisters Jewel Webster Whittaker, Betty Hill Goah, and one brother Charles
leaves to cherish her memory;
Two daughters, Gwynn Welch-Fields(Richard), and Henrietta Rullan(Edgar). Two
sons, Arthur Welch III, and Dwyane L.Welch. Siblings: Sisters Lois Johnson
(Charles), Barbara Dunnigan(Tony), Priscilla Robinson(Jerome), and
one Brother John Webster(Melcina). She also leaves a host
of six grandchildren, ten great-grand children, two great-great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Gwendolyn
warmed many hearts and will be truly missed.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday December 30, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel. The family will receive at 12:00pm prior to the services. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery.
Elouise Conway Hurd
Elouise Conway Hurd Died Sunday
December 7, 2014 in Johnson City Tennessee at 81 years old. Born to Hattie
Conway/Hill and Matthew Conway in Camden South Carolina November 16, 1933 .She
had four siblings: Janet, Wayne, Joseph, and Earnest. She moved to New
York City where she met her husband Robert Hurd and started her family. Years
later she moved here to Johnson City Tennessee. During her life in New York
City she had six children: Sharon, Gregory, Kenny, Christine, Lisa, and Michael.
She left behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces/nephews,
and great nieces/nephews. She was loved and will be missed greatly.
Services will be held at 1:00pm on
Saturday December 13, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 W. Main St.,
Johnson City, TN. The Family will receive friends from 12:00pm prior to the
We regretfully announce the passing of Baby
services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday November 28, 2014 at Washington County Memory Gardens.
ELIZABETH “LIBBA” GERALDINE
1924 - 2014
“Libba” Geraldine Washington,
age 90, 1004 Whittling Wood Dr.,
Johnson City, TN,
formerly of Meridian, MS,
was called home by the Lord on
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Christian
in Johnson City, TN.
in Meridian, MS, she was the daughter of Velma Leigh Godette
and Vern Godette. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church of Meridian, MS, and a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She was active in numerous church activities and helped with youth programs at
the Magnolia Recreation Center.
Elizabeth graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Meridian, MS.
She attended Alabama State College, but decided to pursue the role of a
military wife by marrying the love of her life, Simmons H. Washington in 1943.
Of this union were born two children, Sandra Joyce Coleman and Anthony Michael
Washington. In later years she and Simmons relocated to Los
Angeles, CA, and upon his
retirement, they returned to Meridian,
MS in 1987.
addition to her parents, “Libba” was preceded in death by her husband, Simmons
H. Washington and son, Anthony Michael Washington. Elizabeth celebrated 64 years of marriage to
her husband, Simmons H. Washington in December 2007. Elizabeth is survived by
one daughter, Sandra “Joy” (Bill) Coleman of Johnson City; two grandsons,
William A. (Debbie) Coleman III of Johnson City, TN and Anthony W. (Deborah)
Coleman of Huntsville, AL; two great-grandsons, Dominic Michael Coleman and
Jessie Antonio Coleman; one nephew, Carl McKenzie, Jr., of Chicago, IL; one niece,
Michelle Battle, of West Hills, CA; several cousins and host of wonderful
and Simmons were blessed with 64 wonderful years of marriage and are now
together in Gods Heavenly Kingdom.
Washington will be returned to Meridian, MS for funeral
and burial on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visitation will
be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home of Meridian,
Seglinda "Pinky" Drakeford-Williams
Beloved daughter of Margo Drakeford and John Byrd, Seglinda “Pinky” Drakeford-Williams departed
this life suddenly on Nov. 7 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. Pinky was born in Johnson City on Sep. 14, 1968. She leaves
a mother, Margo Drakeford (Charlotte, NC) and 3 beautiful children – Jamel, Jazzmine and Jaylynn, along with aunts,
uncles, cousins and a host a family and friends. Acknowledgements, cards, etc can be sent to 9618 Hanberry Blvd Charlotte,
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday
November 15, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 1:00pm prior to the services.