Hattie Geneva Howard
Howard, age 93, Four Oaks Nursing Home, Jonesborough, Tennessee entered into
eternal rest on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Ms. Howard was a
graduate of Langston High School, Johnson City, TN where she was a good
academic student. She played basketball
and was a majorette in the School’s Marching Band.
During World War
II, Ms. Howard responded to the need for individuals to serve in the US
military. She did so by volunteering for military service with the US Women’s
Army Corps (WAC) on February 24, 1943.
During her service she earned the American Theater Campaign Medal and a
Good Conduct Metal. She achieved the rank
of Technician Fifth Grade while working as a Medical Supply Clerk. Overall,
she was a dedicated and diligent
worker, having served for two years and two months faithfully and honorably
during her tour of duty. She received an
Honorable Discharge from the Army on November 1, 1945. After serving in the
military, she attended
and graduated from Knoxville College.
At the time of
her service, she had four brothers who were also serving in the military. They
included Alderson Zeno Howard who was an
air corps cadet at Tuskegee Air Base in Tuskegee, Alabama; Clarence Burton
Howard, First Sergeant, Fort Brag, North Carolina; First Sergeant Thomas Henry
Howard, a graduate of A & I State College, Nashville, Tennessee; and
Charles Kyle Howard, Private First Class.
“Neete” as she
was affectionately known by family and friends was a very loving, generous and
caring person. She loved her many nieces
and nephews, frequently giving them small gifts of money and encouraging them
to read books. As a very affectionate
person, she often greeted them with big hugs and kisses. In addition, during
her mother’s “senior
years,” Neete devoted much time to her care and well being. Throughout
Neete’s life, she always worked to
serve others in times of need, be it her family or her country.
She was a member
of Jonesborough AME Zion Church. Neete
was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Thomas Henry Howard, II, her mother
Hattie Lyons Howard Walker, stepfather, Lewis Walker, sister Christine Nitura,
and six brothers, Thomas Henry Howard III, Clarence Howard, John D. Howard, A.
Z. Howard, Kyle Howard and Lester A. Howard.
is survived by her sister in-law, Hasseltine Young Howard (Lester); cousin Alma
Lyons Brown and husband, Montreal Brown; Jonesborough, TN; and, many loving
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30am Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel Of Love, 219 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. Rev. Vincent Dial
will Preside. The family will receive friends from 10:30am-11:30am prior
to the service. Burial will be held at the VA National Cemetery in Johnson City
following the service.
We regretfully announce the homegoing of
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Funeral Services will be held
on Friday, February 28, 2014
Thankful Baptist Church at 10 AM
burial to follow at the VA Cemetery, Mountain Home.
Joan Sylvia Mutts
Sylvia Mutts, age, 59, passed
away peacefully and walked into the loving arms of her creator Thursday,
February 20th, 2014. She was member of Friendship Baptist Church, Johnson
City, TN, where she was loved. She was a devoted mother, loving sister, and
doting grandmother. She was well loved and touched many lives in the
an incredible woman, who never met a stranger. She knew everybody and
everybody knew her. Joan could take over a room with her energy and
always tried give of herself. She instilled in her children an amazing
work ethic and passion for life which will continue to serve as her lasting
legacy. Known for her honesty and forthrightness, she challenged everyone
to be their very best and in return she gave her very best.
love was boundless and will be felt always in the hearts
of those who loved her, including children, Ramaud (Amity), Andre (Judy),
Jalynn (Michael), Jason (Yvonne) and Ariel. Her siblings, Sandra
(Douglas) James (Libby) Regina and Angela (Keith), 15 Grandchildren, and host
of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Robert and Delores Murphy, her brother Ronald Murphy and
her best friend and husband, Johnny Victor Mutts.
Family will receive
friends on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church 522 W. Main
St., Johnson City TN. from 1-2 pm with Funeral Services to follow with Dr. C.
H. Charlton officiating. Interment will be at Westlawn Cemetery.
Donna Denise Culberson Scott went home
to be with the Lord on February 11, 2014.
She was a strong, caring, and loving person, who loved all children and
they gravitated to her. She would always
try and encourage others, even when her illness had taken a toll.
She loved the Lord, her church family, the choir, the messages from the
pulpit, the prayer meetings, and the so many blessings she received throughout
her years at Grace Temple.
Donna was a graduate of Science Hill High
School class of 1977. She worked as a
baker for Kroger’s for many years, and then worked for Head Start until her illness
She was preceded in death by her
parents, Nadine Culberson McAdams and Amos Dunn Sr.
She leaves behind three children,
James Scott Jr. (Rachel) Bristol, VA, Anna Scott, Jordon Scott of Johnson City,
siblings are Ronald McAdams (Yvonne)
Morristown, TN, Lydia Bridwell (Lee) Jonesborough, TN, Babby Dunn,Charlotte,
NC, Jerome Dunn (Sharon), Amos Dunn Jr. (Denise), T.R. Dunn (Carla) of Johnson
had 6 grandchildren, Johnaysja
Scott, Jia Scott, Rylee Cody, Donte’ McGee, Memphis Scott, and Amina Gaitor.
She had many nieces and nephews and
loved them all, but had a special bond with niece, Rhonda Woolwine and her
adopted daughter, Devan Shade.
Donna had many friends throughout her
life but there was nothing like the six sisters – Cherry Odogwu (Asheville,
NC), Pate Rhea (Flint, Michigan), Carol Brady McLaughlin (Tampa, Florida)
Deborah Jamison (New Castle, Delaware), Shelia Collie (Johnson City, TN) and Diane Shade (Seattle, Washington)
like to give “special thanks”
to Mother Shirley Dunn and Angie Fields.
There are so many people that helped
Donna and we, the family, give thanks to all.
Donna had a special love for her 4 legged
friends Oreo, DJ, and Sweets.
Finally, we want to thank the staff,
Pulmonary, Cardiology, and Hospice Departments of Vanderbilt Hospital, Johnson
City Medical Center, Quillen Rehab, Dr. McDavid, and Dr. Famoyin.
Memorial Services will be Saturday February
22nd at Grace
Temple Eternal Life Center - 208 Garden Dr – Johnson City, TN. The family
will receive friends from 12pm –
1pm and Celebration will begin at 1:00.
family will also receive friends
until the day of the services at 1440 E. Lakeview Dr., Gibson Ridge Apartments # 101, Johnson City, TN
Larry Lovings, Jr.
Jr, 37, of Johnson City, TN went to be with our Lord Friday, February 17 at 8:17 a.m. EST at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was the first son born to Larry Sr. and Margaret Lovings Donald on May 29 1976 at Haywood County Memorial Hospital in Brownsville,
Larry confessed a faith in Christ at an early age at Dancyville CME
Church in Dancyville TN. Larry continued to exemplify his belief as a Christian through his kind and generous heart.
Larry graduated from Merry-Central High School in Jackson TN in 1994.
He continued to seek higher education and training throughout his career.
employed most of his career as a Customer Service Representative. He was recently employed by Charter Communications in Blountville,
TN and Century Link in Johnson City, TN.
Larry was preceded in death
by a very special Grandmother Mary E. Dotson who played a prominent role in Larry’s upbringing
Larry leaves to cherish his memory his loving Mother
Margaret Donald of Nashville, TN; Father Larry Lovings Sr (Gracie) of Jackson, TN; brother Brian Lovings (Amanda)
of San Diego, CA; Grandfather Roosevelt Powell (Katherine) of Toledo, OH; Grandmother Olivia Taylor of Brownsville,
TN; Step Brother Terrell Laster (Ramona) of Jackson, TN; four nieces, five uncles, three aunts, one great aunt,
a very special friend Rebecca Palmer abruary nd her family of Johnson City, TN and a host of cousins and friends.
family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at New Zion Faith Church, 1904 Jamestown Road, from 6 to 7pm, with funeral services at 7pm with Rev.
Carl Moody officiating.. Interment at a later date.
Melvin Caver, 80, 311 West Chilhowie Ave entered into rest on Thursday
February 6, 2014 at the Johnson city Medical Center. Melvin was born on February 17, 1933. He was a Langston
High School graduate and a US Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sally Robinson Davis, father
Clemon Caver Sr. and brother Clemon Caver Jr.
He leaves to morn his passing his wife of 50 years Geraldine Caver and daughters Keitha Thompson,
Nashville, TN, and Crystal Caver Johnson City; one grandson whom he adored Erik (Andrea) Davis, Nashville, TN; great grandson
Deion Davis; sister in law Vanessa Conley and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at Friendship
Baptist Church from 1-2 pm with funeral services to follow with Dr. C. H. Charlton officiating. Interment will be at
Washington County Memory Gardens
Elmer Earnest passed away on the evening of Sat., Jan. 25,
2014 in Garland, TX. He was born on October 5, 1926 in Washington College, TN
to Worley and Julia Dowell Earnest. He
grew up in Johnson City, TN, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in
both the Pacific and Mediterranean Theaters receiving an honorable discharge.
He married Amelia
Rhyans in 1947 and from this union was
produced three daughters, Alma Lew of Temecula, CA, Sandra Woolwine (Prince) of
Garland, TX, and Angela Earnest of Rowlett, TX.
Elmer retired from
Atmos Gas Company in 1990 after many
faithful years of service.
He is preceded
in death by his parents and brothers,
Pearley, Summers, Fields, Frank, Lawrence and Norman, and sisters, Louise,
Evelyn, Lois and Vivian. He is survived
by his wife, three daughters, grandsons, Adrian and Jonathan (Jacqueline)
Woolwine and Tyler and Paul Lew, three great-granddaughters, Kaleigh, Makalah
and Tenaia Woolwine, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside Military Services will be
held Tuesday February 4,
2014 at 1:30 at Washington County Memory Gardens, 113 Memory Gardens Rd, Johnson City, TN.
born September 28, 1928 in Johnson City, passed away quietly Wednesday evening January 22, 2014.
At 5:00 p.m. at University Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.
He was the son of Montie William Rhea and Mary Ruby Griffin Rhea both
of Johnson City Tennessee,
Montie grew up and was educated in the Tennessee School System .He completed Langston
High school and went into the military where he served in the United States Navy for 4 years. He
was honorably discharged.
relocated to New York at an early age.
He worked and retired from Aeroflex
Company in Long Island, New York, as a Machinist and Union Rep which he took seriously until he
In 1982 he met and married Nonie
Coleman, whom he loved very much until his demise. Truly he was a devoted and loving
husband, friend and partner. Not only was Montie a loving husband he was a devoted father,
stepfather, grandfather , great grandfather and great great grandfather who loved his family and
enjoyed various activities with family and friends most especially football.
Montie was a passionate football fan who loved to go to games however was just as passionate
as he watched football on TV. Montie was an avid bowler, who traveled bowling in leagues and
bowled many years.
retirement in 1992, Montie moved back to Tennessee and joined the Thankful Baptist Church under
the Leadership of Pastor Danny Johnson whom he loved. Both Montie and Nonie were ordained deacons
and continued to work and serve together for God’s Kingdom. Montie had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and
Upon relocating to North Carolina, they were looking for
a church in which they could serve and was blessed again by God to find a loving and caring church
under the leadership of Pastor Mack McCrae who was a loving, caring, devoted man of God who until
Montie’s demise on January 22, 2014 was right by his, his wife’s and family’s side, truly a man of God
with a pastor’s heart.
How blessed Montie was… two wonderful Pastors in his
will be remembered for his loyalty, strength of Character and fierce love of family, friends and
his love for God. Montie loved to sing and praise the Lord.
He will be greatly missed
Montie is survived by His wife, Nonie, whom he adored. He
had one son Michael Rhea (deceased) four step children, Bishop Lillian Wiltshire (Dwayne) Brooklyn,
New York, John Coleman(Allison) Albany, New York ), Naomi Tucker,)Charlotte North Carolina, Catherine
Jones(Howard), Hampton, Virginia. He is also survived by His devoted sister Shirley Collie
( Hugh) Johnson City Tennessee 8 grandchildren 21 great children 3 great great grandchild
A host of nieces , nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, January 28th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN.
Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor. The family will receive friends from 12:00am-1:00pm at the
church prior to the services. Burial will be held at
the VA National Cemetery in Johnson City following the services.
James Leroy Williams
James Leroy Williams Sr., raised in Johnson City, TN and born June
30, 1942 in Marion, NC, went home to be with the lord on January 17, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center surrounded by
James was the son
of the late Lassier and Rollie Banner. James was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Johnson City. His favorite pastime
was bowling, playing with his grandchildren, playing cards, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to his parents
he was preceded in death by his son James L. Williams Jr., affectionately known as “Jamie”. One sister, Dicey
Lewis, two Brothers, Gordon and Charles Banner.
Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife, Ruby and Daughter
Kimberly Williams of Johnson City, Brother William Johnnie Banner, of New Orleans, Granddaughters, Teasha, Jamie, Jaasiel,
and Grandson Johnathan Lewis, and a host of family and friends.
Services will be held at 12pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel, 219 E. Millard St., in Johnson
City. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Chapel.
James Harris born May 25, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana
entered into rest on January 10, 2014 at his residence in Johnson City. James was a member of Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson
City and Active with the Munsey Memorial Melting Pot Ministry. James was one of four siblings, Sisters Brenda and Cora Harris,
Brother Jessie Harris. Special friends, Mike Bradley
services will be held Sunday, at 1pm at Thankful
Ms. Mary L Gaitor
Mary Gaitor entered into rest on January 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mary was born on February 25, 1945 to the late Maebell and Frank Harris. She was preceded in death by both parents, two Brothers
Herman and Frank Harris Jr, two sons Herman Gatior and Gregory Harris, and two grandchildren Adarius Gaitor and Terrell
Unruh. She leaves to cherish her kids two daughters Dee Gaitor of Tuscaloosa AL., Lisa Gaitor of Stone Mountain
Ga., Sons Frank Quinten and Michael Gaitor of Johnson City, and Ranell and Randell Gaitor of Tuscaloosa AL. Siblings
Queen Dunn, Doris Harris, and Carolyn Norwood Of Tuscaloosa AL, Dosha Jones and Alberta Harris of Johnson City TN. 25 Grandchildren
and 2 Great Grandchildren.
Mary was a member of Grace Temple Eternal Life Center in Johnson City.
will be held on Friday January 17th at 3:00pm at the Grace Temple Eternal Life Center ~ 208 Garden Dr ~ Johnson
City, TN. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the church.
Mr. Victor Jewell Perkins
Victor Jewell Perkins was born on February 6, 1944 in Johnson City, TN, and entered into rest on January 13, 2014. He served
in the U. S. Navy.
Dunbar Elementary School and graduated Langston High School.
was preceded in death by his father Samuel Virgil Perkins, mother, Nina Perkins, Brother Samuel Virgil Perkins JR, and two
Sisters, Carolyn McConnell and Nadan Wynn.
leaves behind a loving brother Terry Wayne (Noelle) Perkins of Covington, GA, Nephew Jerry McConnell, a sister-in law
Billie Perkins of Detroit, MI, two nieces Maria (Justin and Savannah) Perkins of Southfield, MI, and Felicia Campbell, of
Detroit, MI. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Birchette
Mortuary Chapel, 219 E. Millard St. Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends at the Chapel from 10:30am-11:00am.
Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens, 113 Memory Gardens Rd., Johnson City, TN
Ms. Mildred Johnson
Ms. Mildred Johnson entered into rest Thursday January 10,
2014 at Lakebridge Healthcare Center. She was born in Johnson City, Tennessee
on October 8, 1926 to the late Leonard and Laura (Vaught) Johnson. Mildred
leaves to morn her passing, one son Jesse(Jimmy) Rollins, Johnson City; Brother,
Ray Canady, Baltimore, MD; Grandchildren, Gary Rollins, Vicky Johnson, and
Blanche Hamilton, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins,
and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday
16th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E. Watauga Ave, Johnson City,
TN., Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor.
Mr. Donnal Charles
On January 20, 1948 Donnal Charles
was born to James T. and Emogene
W. Charles in Johnson City, TN. He attended Dunbar Elementary School and
Science Hill High School. Donnal Married Kathy Hamilton in 1971 from that union
two sons, Gilbert and Frederick Charles.
Donnal worked 25 years at
General Mills in Johnson City, TN.
He also worked at Watauga Square for 5 years, where he assisted George Sheets
in the Maintenance department. All the residents enjoyed Donnal’s happy go
lucky attitude and joking around with the residents. They truly missed him when
he left 4 years ago. It was an enjoyable job for him.
Donnal departed this earth
on January 5, 2014 surrounded by
family and friends.
Preceded in death by his
parents James T. and Emogene W.
Charles, and sisters Bobbie Charles and Jimmie Story.
Survivors include his wife
of 42 years, Kathy, sons
Gilbert(Kym) Charles, Frederick (Jennifer) Charles,. Grandsons Noah Charles and
Hayden Charles, Granddaughters Jona Charles and Kayla (Dustin) Mullins. One
great granddaughter Madalyn Mullins. Three brothers, James R. (Brenda) Charles,
Carroll (Doreatha) Charles, Fontaine (Gail) Charles, all of Johnson City. One
sister, Billie Perkins, Detroit, Michigan.
Special family friends,
Fletcher Birchette, Bill “Bones”
Adams, Ralph Chubb, Anthony Hill, and Chris Cole.
was a member of the Thankful Baptist Church Men’s
Choir, Usher Board, Joseph Storehouse, Brotherhood, Kitchen
Committee, Progressive Young Men
Association, and the Community of Love Organization.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30pm
11th at Thankful Baptist Church, 1501 E Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN. Rev. C. Danny Johnson, Pastor. The family will
receive friends from
11:30pm-1:30pm at the church. Burial
will be held at Washington County Memory Gardens in Johnson City following the