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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.

Sherry was 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.

She leaves 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.

Five Aunts: 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.

Very special 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, MI.

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. 

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Mr. Jeffery Johnson Jr.

Mr. 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 County, Liberia-West Africa, move to the United States and have since resided in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Mr. 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.


A 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).

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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.

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Freda Phillips

Freda Phillips, 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, Florida.  She attended and graduated from the local public schools.  She was a longtime employee of Thomasville 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. 

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Mable Inez Williams Glaspie

Mable Inez 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.

AS 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.

Funeral Services 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.

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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. 

Services were held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Albright United Methodist Church 409 Rittenhouse Street,  NW Washington,DC 20011

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Willa Mae Vaught Plair

Hyattsville, MD.

Sunrise:  July 7, 1920 - Sunset:  January 5, 2015

          Willa was 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. 

           Willa is 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 request.

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Mrs. Gwendolyn Teresa Welch

Sunrise 2-2-40

Sunset 12-24-14

Mrs. 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 life.


Gwendolyn 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 V. Hill.


She 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.


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Elouise Conway Hurd

Elouise Conway Hurd Died Sunday December 7, 2014 in Johnson City Tennessee at 81 years old. Born to Hattie Conway/Hill and Matthew Conway in Camden South Carolina November 16, 1933 .She had four siblings: Janet, Wayne, Joseph, and Earnest. She moved to New York City where she met her husband Robert Hurd and started her family. Years later she moved here to Johnson City Tennessee. During her life in New York City she had six children: Sharon, Gregory, Kenny, Christine, Lisa, and Michael. She left behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces/nephews, and great nieces/nephews. She was loved and will be missed greatly.


Memorial Services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday December 13, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 W. Main St., Johnson City, TN. The Family will receive friends from 12:00pm prior to the services.


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

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1924 - 2014

Elizabeth “Libba” Geraldine Washington, age 90, 1004 Whittling Wood Dr., Johnson City, TN, formerly of Meridian, MS, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Christian Care Center in Johnson City, TN.

Born in Meridian, MS, she was the daughter of Velma Leigh Godette and Vern Godette.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Meridian, MS, and a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was active in numerous church activities and helped with youth programs at the Magnolia Recreation Center. Elizabeth graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Meridian, MS. She attended Alabama State College, but decided to pursue the role of a military wife by marrying the love of her life, Simmons H. Washington in 1943. Of this union were born two children, Sandra Joyce Coleman and Anthony Michael Washington. In later years she and Simmons relocated to Los Angeles, CA, and upon his retirement, they returned to Meridian, MS in 1987.

In addition to her parents, “Libba” was preceded in death by her husband, Simmons H. Washington and son, Anthony Michael Washington. Elizabeth celebrated 64 years of marriage to her husband, Simmons H. Washington in December 2007. Elizabeth is survived by one daughter, Sandra “Joy” (Bill) Coleman of Johnson City; two grandsons, William A. (Debbie) Coleman III of Johnson City, TN and Anthony W. (Deborah) Coleman of Huntsville, AL; two great-grandsons, Dominic Michael Coleman and Jessie Antonio Coleman; one nephew, Carl McKenzie, Jr., of Chicago, IL; one niece, Michelle Battle, of West Hills, CA; several cousins and host of wonderful friends.

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

Mrs. Washington will be returned to Meridian, MS for funeral and burial on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home of Meridian, MS.

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Seglinda "Pinky" Drakeford-Williams

Beloved daughter of Margo Drakeford and John Byrd, Seglinda “Pinky” Drakeford-Williams departed this life suddenly on Nov. 7 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. Pinky was born in Johnson City on Sep. 14, 1968. She leaves a mother, Margo Drakeford (Charlotte, NC) and 3 beautiful children – Jamel, Jazzmine and Jaylynn, along with aunts, uncles, cousins and a host a family and friends. Acknowledgements, cards, etc can be sent to 9618 Hanberry Blvd Charlotte, NC 28213

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday November 15, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 1:00pm prior to the services.

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