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Joseph Liteta

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 in Zambia.
Graveside Services will be held at 2:30pm Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City, TN.

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Lloyd Rollins

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.

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Jeremy Lynn Stevens

Jeremy Lynn Stevens, an endearing friend to all who knew him, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday September 22, 2015. He was 35.
Jeremy 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.
Jeremy, 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” Greenlee.
He was 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.
Funeral 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.

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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

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Kimberly Ann Carroll

Kimberly Ann 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 attended The Father’s House, Pastor Rocky Peeler.

She was 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.

The family 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.

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Alice Louise Rhea Simpson

Alice 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.

Alice 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, 

She 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.

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Beverly Ann Benson


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.

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Donna Layvonne Wagner


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 Medical Center 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 and concern.


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 funeral service. 


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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.

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William E. Rollins

William 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 nephews.  

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.

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Christopher Columbus "Teddy" Hartsaw Jr.
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.

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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 years.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to United Cerebral Palsy, 1825 K. Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006.

No service is planned.

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Ja'Chelle Tatiana Faith Hill

March 23, 2015-June 1, 2015

  Miss Faith was born at Johnson City 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 hard! 

     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 & Uncles.  

     Funeral Services 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.  

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Mary Theresa Horist- Hall

Mary 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. Grandchildren 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 and 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

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Micah Edwardson

Micah Edwardson 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.

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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.  

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Dwyane L. Welch

Sunrise 8-24-1978
Sunset 5-4-2015

Dwyane L. Welch, was a native of 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 and friends.

Dwyane was a very fun loving, special person and will be truly missed.

 Funeral 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.

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Tammy Denise Shade

Tammy 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. 

  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. 


The family will receive at 12:00pm prior to the services.  Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Johnson City.  

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Keturah Jennings

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.

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Burrell Brigham

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 Chapel.

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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, PA.

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.

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Georgia Lee Harris Taylor


Arrival March 9, 1943 ~ Departure April 9, 2015

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, daughter, 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 missed. 

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 friends.

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. 

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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, great 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.   


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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 Harville.

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 Harville Lee.

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 member.

 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.

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Edward Williams Jr.

Sunrise 12/13/48 - Sunset 02/17/15

Funeral 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.

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 David Evans

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, 1 sister 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" by many 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 animals.


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.

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Michael “Whitt” Whittington

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 facilities.


Funeral 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.

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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 faith. 

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, Jonesborough, 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: 423-283-5815

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Janice Sanders Nelson

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 Greene.

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Juanita B. Landy

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. 

Born 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.  

A 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.

No service is planned.

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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.

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Aaron Bernard Glasper

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 for him.

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

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Jesse D. Robinson Jr.

Jesse D. 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.

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Charles Daniel Inman

Charles Daniel Inman, 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. 


Charles loved his great nieces and nephews Preston Rhea, David Hall Jr. Talita Kitt, Nuveja and Shamote Mims, and Jazara Jackson.


Charles never met a 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 very much for every act of kindness shown to the family. God Bless you.


Hollie and Inman Family

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.


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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 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.

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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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