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OUT OF JOHNSON CITY OBITUARIES BELOW
On June 4th 1926, Dorothy Jean Lyons Mathes was
born to Buna and Frank Dan Lyons in Rogersville, Tennessee. At the tender age
of nine, she and the family moved to the historical town of Erwin, Tennessee.
In Erwin, with regards to the Old Negro Times and Tennessee History, the Lyons
family was among the first black families to live in that town in which Dorothy
cherished as a child. Throughout her youth, she attended Dunbar Elementary
School and later graduated from Langston High School in 1942. Dorothy worked
for the Texas Instrument Company until she retired in 1990. In later years, she
had a special interest in children with special needs and handicaps.
Ultimately, she became a foster grandparent and a humanitarian. In 1944, she
married Bobby Lee Vaught and had two daughters, Sandra Lee (Vaught) Avery and
Linda Dee (Vaught) Harrington. Throughout the years, Dorothy and
Bobby remained good friends. Later in life, Dorothy would marry the love of her
life, Russell Mathes. Together, they had two children, Adolphine “Dollie”
(Mathes) Barkley and Micheal Craig Mathes. Dorothy had a kindred spirit. She
could light the room with her smile. She is known to love the Lord whole
heartedly. She is called home to her loving husband, Russell; son, Craig;
brothers, Bill (Clareice) and Dan; friend, Bobby Vaught, and grandchildren,
Tina and Russell. She is survived by four children, Sandra (James), Linda
(Tommy), Dollie (Bruce), and Barbara Yett. Grandchildren: Thomas (Jeri),
Kimberley (Darrin), Lorenzo, Bobby (Kendra), Tory (Dominque), Brandie (Joe),
and Shonna; as well as a host of great grandchildren and great-great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
will be held at 12:30 Monday, December 9th at Bethel Christian Church, 701
Depot St., Jonesborough, Tennessee. Rev. Vincent Dial, Pastor. The family
will receive friends from 11:30pm-12:30pm at the
held at the VA Mountain Home Cemetery in Johnson City at 2:30pm following the
MYRTLE W. KEATON
Lucille Wykle Keaton age 84, expired on November 29, 2013. She
was born to the late Wymer and Irene Wykle on May
10, 1929 in Franklin,
NC. Myrtle graduated from Elizabethton Business College in 1970 where
she received a Bachelor
of Science degree in Business.
Myrtle was married to the late Rev. Dr. Joseph P. Keaton for 61 years
and to this
union two daughters were born: Sheba Keaton of Johnson
City, TN and Margo Keaton of Knoxville,TN.
was an active member of the Ministers' Wives and Widows
Association and a Conference Worker for the East Tennessee &
Conference, Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion
A viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St.
Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Johnson
City, TN with funeral to follow at
11:00 a.m. Interment, Moore's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church cemetary in
NC at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be sent in the name of the Joseph
P. Keaton Scholarship Fund
(Livingstone College), P. O. Box 687,
Mountain Home, TN 37684.
Funeral arrangements have been intrusted to
www.birchettemortuary.com & Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary, Inc.
GUESTBOOK-WORDS OF COMFORT
ROGER W. BAILEY
Born in heaven (June 2, 1947) and dropped down in New Jersey, Roger Bailey (age 66) lived
many places including Fredericksburg, Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; and Johnson City, Tennessee, where he was privileged to
enjoy his vocation as a musician. Roger began his musical education at the Philadelphia Musical Academy
(Philadelphia, PA, 1965-1966), followed by receiving a Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College (Princeton,
NJ, 1966-1970). Roger went on to study at Temple University (1971-1974, 1978-1979), receiving a Master
of Music in Choral Conducting, a Master of Music in Composition, and worked toward a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Composition.
Teaching and performing music in many schools, colleges, and churches, he also played with and led popular music ensembles
for the enjoyment of many (The Sophisticates, East Tennessee Camerata). Most recently, Roger was the Director
of Music at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Johnson City, TN. Roger also enjoyed success as an arranger
and composer (“Journeying Toward Omega”, for All Saints’ Day).
was joined in many musical activities by his loving wife and best friend, Carolynn Beier Bailey since 1974. Together,
their greatest contribution was in parenting Jennifer Lynn (Bailey) Patrick (1976) and Robert William Bailey (1979).
Granddaughter Bailey Elizabeth Patrick (2004) was another wonderful blessing bestowed upon Roger. Carolynn
and Roger also shared their lives with many canine and feline friends who enriched their lives immensely.
of Life service for Roger will be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Johnson City, TN, on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at
2:00 pm. Come with a joyful heart ready to share stories and raise your voices in song.
behind his loving wife of 39 years, Carolynn Bailey; daughter, Jenny Bailey Patrick; granddaughter, Bailey Patrick; son and
daughter-in-law, Rob & Lesley Bailey; stepmother, Ruth Bailey (NJ); twelve cats, two dogs, and two granddogs.
In lieu of flowers, donations
to the Our Saviour Lutheran Church Pastor’s Discretionary Fund would be Roger’s wish.
Wanda Ruth Turner, 69 of Johnson City, entered into rest Saturday, November 30, 2013. Wanda was preceded
in death by her parents the Late Marcum and Phadelma Turner; Brothers, Remus (Nell) Turner, Garrett Turner, Edward Turner,
Donald, Turner, and A.J. Turner; Sisters, Louise Brooks, Janie Turner, Ann (William P.J.) Sanders.
Survivors include her husband, George Robert Turner, JR., Children, Carol (Leon) Stephens of Johnson City, Donna
(Thomas) Strawbridge of Harrisburg, PA, Grace (Kevin) Krause of Johnson City, Rebecca (Johnathan) Bailey of Johnson City,
Tonya (Tony) Rawlinson of South Carolina, Jerry (Pam) White of Piney Flats, Robert (Crystal) White of Kingsport, Mike (Stephanie)
Turner of South Carolina, Jeff (Christy) White of Jonesborough, George (Tracey) White of Gray, Robert (Paige) Turner of Kingsport,
and Shawn White of Johnson City. Adopted Sons, Donald Krause, Trey Mims, and Herbie Pirtle of Johnson City. Sisters, Juanita
Watson, Oletta (Willie J) Scott, and Angie (William) Robinson of Harrisburg, PA. Sisters-in-Law, Betty
Lou Turner, Gladys (Buster) Stacey, Sarah Long, and Wilma Bright. Aunts, Arkie (Johnny) Sayers, and Lorraine (Monroe) Powers
of Rogersville, TN. 38 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and a host of Nieces, Nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Entire staff of Amedisys Hospice for a Job well done.
Services will be held Friday December 6th at 7pm at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 West Main St in Johnson City, Dr. C.H.
Charlton Pastor. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:30pm to 7pm.
BENJAMIN WALTER TAYLOR MURRAY
Benjamin Walter Taylor Murray, 24, 1313 E. Watauga Avenue, entered into rest early Saturday morning, November 16, 2013, following
a brief illness. Ben was a graduate of Science Hill High School, where he excelled and lettered in Varsity football
and wrestling. He was a student at Northeast State Community College, studying History. Ben was an avid reader, played
cello, and enjoyed cooking.
possessed a gentle spirit, warm personality, and easily made friends with those who came into contact with him. He will
be remembered for his easy-going, comical nature and infectious smile.
Ben was preceded in death by his father, James C. Murray, Jr., Paternal grandparents
James C. Murray, Sr., G. Elnora Brady, Rev. G. Walter Brady; Maternal grandparents Glen and Peggy Greer.
Ben leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Glenda Greer Murray; brothers Phillip
Lee Taylor and James Robert Murray (Jen); sisters Charmaine Daniels, Brianne Murray, and Jasmine Murray Potter, all of Johnson
City; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 21st at
Bethel Christian Church, 701 Depot St., Jonesborough, TN. Rev. Vincent Dial, Pastor. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the church. Graveside services will be held at 11:00am on Friday November 22nd at Monte Vista Memorial Park, 1900 Oakland Avenue
Johnson City, TN.
The family will also receive friends until the day of the services at 1313 E. Watauga Ave in Johnson
JENNETTA CELIST SCOTT
Jennetta Celist Scott, 410 Spring
Street, Jonesborough, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Johnson
City Medical Center.
She is the daughter of James C.
Scott, Sr. and the late Adeline Biggs Scott and the granddaughter of the late
Henry Scott, Sr., Mamie Rutledge Brown Scott, Sam Biggs and Viola Biggs Greenlee
Woods and was born on December 22, 1964 at Johnson City Memorial
Celist was a 1983 graduate of
David Crockett High School where she lettered in basketball and track. She
attended Bristol College and was crowned the first Miss Bristol College 1984.
She was a graduate of Jenny Lea School of Cosmetology and owner of Three I’s
Nail Salon in Jonesborough.
She was employed for several
years by Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport and currently worked at Sally’s
Beauty Supply in Johnson City.
Celist enjoyed playing softball
in both Johnson City and Kingsport Women’s Leagues.
She was an avid supporter of the
Tennessee Cinderella Scholarship Program.
Celist was a lifelong member of
Bethel Christian Church where she participated in Generations during the late
1980’s and early 1990’s.
In addition to her mother and
grandparents, she was preceded in death by three paternal uncles, Henry Scott,
Jr, Bobby Lee Scott and Eugene Norman Scott and one paternal aunt, Martha
Celist is survived by her father,
James of Jonesborough; one brother, James “Jimmy” Jr. (Charlotte), Jamestown,
New York; one sister, Cassandra Scott Bristol (Major), Kingsport; sister-in-law
Georgia Turner, one nephew, Jonathan Scott; six nieces, Christina Scott Curry,
Jarita Scott, Jama Scott, Infiniti Bristol, Injoi Bristol, Indiya Bristol; two
step nieces, two great nephews, two great nieces; two paternal uncles, Montreal
Brown, Willie Scott and four aunts, Alma Brown, Elizabeth Scott, Bernadine
Scott, Billie Jane Scott and several maternal and paternal cousins.
Services will be held at 2:30pm Saturday, November 16th
at Bethel Christian Church, 701 Depot St., Jonesborough, Tennessee. Rev. Vincent
Dial, Pastor. The family will receive friends from
12:00pm-2:00pm at the church. Burial will be held on Sunday at New Victory Cemetery.
CHARLES R,"BUNDY" TAYLOR
Charles R. Taylor “Bundy”
passed on November 9, 2013,
born on January 16, 1938 in Elizabethton TN, and
was the son of the late George and Mary Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joanna Haynes- Taylor, and his siblings
George Taylor Jr. “June”, Albert Taylor, Helen Stover, Amelia McKesson, Camilla
Taylor, Geraldine Taylor, and Earl Taylor.
He is survived by his children Joel Jennings, Ronan Taylor, Paulette
Thomas, Enrica Taylor, and Sarah Moton. Also a special friend Sheila
Jennings. Seven Grandchildren ,
Cory Davis, Danielle Davis, Jennifer Dublin, Latonya Harris, and Michael
Dublin III, along with six great grandchildren and host
of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Douglas High School, Drummonds College, and
was a graduate of Steed College. He was member of Browns Chapel A.M E . Zion Church
in Elizabethton, TN. He served in the Navy until he was 20 years old.
Memorial Services will be at 7:00pm Thursday November 14,
2013 at Browns Chapel A.M E. Zion Church, 298 Church St., in Elizabethton, TN.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm-7:00pm prior to the services.
Ollie Gillespie 96, passed away
November 7, 2013. Mrs. Gillespie was born February 6, 1917 in Burnsville North
Carolina, and is the daughter of the late Augusta Wilson Gay and Samuel M. Gay.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred D. Gillespie, three Sisters,
Isabella Simms, Kathleen Rutledge, Helen Young, and one brother George Hurdle
Gay. She is survived by two daughters, Frazier Lyons (Elbert),and Renea Hall,
three granddaughters Shannon Hall, Whitney Hall and Regina Berry (Troy), two
Great Grandchildren Makayla and Kellen , one Sister Gladys Brice and a host of
nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a special daughter Karan Sue Gillespie.
She was active member of Bethel Christian Church where she served in
many capacities over the years until her health began to fail. We would like to
thank the staff of JCMC Floor 7500, Dr. Bertitti, Dr. Khan and Dr. Wiegand for
providing exceptional care throughout her illness.
Funeral Services will
be held at 1:30pm
Monday November 11th at Bethel Christian Church,
St., Jonesborough, Tennessee. Rev. Vincent Dial, Pastor. The family will receive
friends from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the church.
Katherine Wiggins Odem
Wiggins Odem was born November 26, 1931 to the late Glena Kate Harris and Henry
Harris. She was preceded in death by her brothers, the late Donald Berry, the
late Cleveland Berry, and Sisters, Norman Jean, Wanda and Phyllis.
include her husband Buford Odem, daughters, Darlene, Janet, Yolanda and
Rochelle. Sons, Odem Jr.(Shirl), and Rodney. Sisters, Shirley, Elizabeth, and
Sandy. Brothers, Paul Berry, Grandchildren, Erica, Jason, Jordan(Tinesha),
Najee, Bryant, Ciara, D.J., Prez Jr. Edmon, Devon, Josh, and Brian. Great grandchildren,
Brianna and Demarion. Best friend Joanne
Bradley. A host of nieces, nephews, and special
Funeral Services will be held
Wednesday October 16th at 1pm at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 West
Main St in Johnson City, Dr. C.H. Charlton Pastor. The family will receive
friends at the church from 12pm to 1pm.
Lorraine Daniels Goines
of the late Helen Pageon & George Daniels
died October 9, 2013 at JCMCH. She was
born on Sept. 17, 1954 and was a Johnson City native.
to her parents – She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Goines and
father in law, Claude Goines Jr..She leaves
mourn her 2 sons: Jeremy Fontaine Goines, Lonnie Bawgrus, 3 daughters: Sheba
Archer, Sherry Floyd, Chelsey Fain and a niece she raised Anita Thompson. 2
brothers: Billy Shelton and Bob Daniels.
friend & caregiver: Clay Higgins.
Also survived by mother in law: Virginia Goines. Several grandchildren
and 2 great
grandchildren. She was fun
and loving and will be greatly missed.
will receive friends Tuesday, Oct 15 at 11:00 am until the funeral at 11:30 am. at Birchette Mortuary, 219 Millard
CLARENCE MURRAY, JR.
James Clarence Murray, Jr., 1313 E. Watauga Avenue, entered into rest early Sunday
morning, October 6, 2013 at the home. James was a graduate of Langston High School, where he was a member of the
Hi-Y Club and played on the Langston Tigers’ basketball team. He was employed at Empire Furniture and Tennessee
Eastman Company, and was a member of Thankful Baptist Church, Johnson City, TN.
Affectionately known as “Uncle Dad”, James will be remembered for his witty
anecdotes, humorous, unique, original quotes, matter-of-fact conversations, and love for family and friends. He was especially
fond of the Meals-on Wheels organization.
James was preceded in death by parents James C. Murray, Sr., G. Elnora Brady, and Rev. G. Walter
Brady; brothers Charles W. and Leroy B. Brady; and sister Mary L. Brady Sessions.
leaves to cherish his memories three sons: Phillip Lee Taylor, James Robert (Jen), and Benjamin Walter Taylor Murray, all
of Johnson City; daughter Charmaine Daniels; brothers Tony (Sheila),Keith (Cynthia) Brady, and Don Brady, all of Johnson
City; sisters: Adrienne Murray (William) Tarter, Kingsport, and Carole C. Brady, Antioch, TN; granddaughters Amelia Taylor,
Abigail Murray, and Carmella Baxter; grandson Triston Daniels; former wife Glenda Murray, and a host of nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday October 9th at
the Birchette Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at 12:00pm at the Chapel.
AMY JONES McCLAINE
Mrs. Amy Jones McClaine
called to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Christian Care
Center in Johnson City, TN. She was born
in Peach County, Georgia on July 1, 1927 to the late Homer and Mattie Jones. She
attended Campbell High School.
McClaine was a life-long residence of Daytona Beach, FL where she was a member
of Shiloh Baptist Church.
She worked for Kane’s Furniture
Ormand Beach and Dr. Carl Schwrenker OB/GYN and family as a housekeeper. Mrs.
McClaine retired as a cook for Volusia
County School system and enjoyed cooking for various churches and
organizations. She attended Adult Care
Services Center and was featured on the billboard for United Way in Johnson
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers: Willie, J. B.,
and Peter Jones; sister: Carrie Mae Teddleton and her son: Wallace Tomlin, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories her
sister, Mrs. Virginia Bostic and her daughter Christine Singleton of Daytona
Beach, FL, daughters Ernestine Hogg, Conyers, GA, Lorraine Washington (Elmer),
Johnson City, TN and Synthia Dixon, Bradenton, FL; sons, Ronald Jones, Johnson
City, TN and Charles McClaine, Daytona Beach, FL, 17 grandchildren, 44
great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held at
3:00pm Sunday September 22nd at Bethel Christian Church, 701 Depot
St., Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Karen Loretta Smith Gillenwater
Bucky" was born to Loretta Smith and the
late Jack Kaywood Smith on August 28,1958. Karen was educated in the Johnson
City School System. She was employed with Alemite Industries until she was no
longer able to work due to her health. Karen confessed her faith to Jesus Christ
at an early age and always thanked Him for taking care of her and her family.
Karen (affectionately known as Buckwheat by her father and Ms. Bucky by her
family and friends) loved to laugh and talk non-stop. She always had an opinion
and did not hesitate to share it with you. She loved family gatherings, good
food and Karaoke.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Kaywood
Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories: Mother, Loretta Hunter Smith,
Johnson City; daughter, Retha Smith (Sam) Taylor, Johnson City; grandson,
D'Andre T. M. Smith, Columbia, SC; granddaughter, Braxton Eiriyon Gaitor,
Johnson City; sisters, Carla Forney, Jacquella (Rickie) Hall of Johnson City,
Faye (Cleo) Ellis of Powell, TN and Bobbie Smith of Augusta, GA; brothers,
Ronald (Gwendolyn), James (Sarah) all of Johnson City, Fredrick (Dorothy Moore)
of Kingston, TN; special friend/cousin, Linda Mathes and a host of aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
The family will receive
friends at Birchette Mortuary, 219 East Millard Street in Johnson City on Saturday,
September 7, 2013, from 12 to 1 p.m. Going Home Services will begin at 1 p.m
Anna L. Petty Carter
94, went to
be with the Lord on August
21, 2013. Preceded in death by husband, Andrew Carter; Survived by children, Eustis
Carter, Johnson City, TN, Ralph Carter, Cartersville, GA, Carl Carter, Detroit,
MI, Yvonne James, Winston Salem, NC, Godson John (Johnny Petty) Rollins (Karen),
Nashville, TN. Anna had 13 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 11 great-
Special thanks to the caregivers at Life Care Center of Gray
and Van Rollins.
Family visitation will be Friday, August 30, 12:00pm-
1:00pm, at Friendship Baptist Church, 522 West Main St, Johnson City.
Funeral services will begin at 1:00pm. Interment will follow at Washington
County Memory Gardens.
REV. LEROY BLAIR
Our beloved Rev. LeRoy
answered the call of the Lord and quietly took his flight to eternal rest on
Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Johnson City Memorial Hospital in Johnson City,
Rev. Blair was born April 3, 1929
to the late Eutaw Blair, Sr. and Daisy Thomas Blair in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents and his
three brothers, Eutaw Blair, Jr., Alfoster Blair and Eugene Blair.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews and one uncle, John Woods
Thomas, Jr. of Whitmire, South Carolina. He was educated in the
Pittsburgh school system and graduated from Alleghany High School.
He furthered his education at the University of Pittsburgh and later
attended seminary. Rev. Blair was a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Rev. Blair accepted Christ and
was baptized at an early age at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in
Pittsburgh. He pastored many AME Zion churches throughout the east
coast. Some of these churches were in Chambersburg, Pa,
Portsmouth, Va, Kingsport, Tn., and Johnson City, Tn. He served in
many offices and ministries with the AME Zion Church. As education
was very important to him, Rev. Blair also worked as a teacher in many school
He will forever be remembered for
all of his loving qualities including his quick wit, generous benevolence, love
of bridge, impeccable style, attention to detail, devotion to family and
friends, and most of all, his welcoming smile.
Rev. Blair, affectionately known
as “Uncle Leroy” will be forever cherished by all of his nieces and
nephews. These include; Michelle Spencer, Kimberly Blair and Anita
Burke of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dolphin McFadden (Victoria) of Bethel, Connecticut and
Joanne Ruffner (John) of Bealeton, Virginia; and Kimberly Trimble and Leslie
Horne of Chicago, Illinois and a host of great nieces and nephews, family and
service for Rev. Blair will be conducted at 12:30 pm Saturday, August 10th, at
St. Paul AME Zion Church, 201 Welbourne St. in Johnson City with Pastor Juanita
Green Officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from
11:30-12:30 pm at the church.
EVELYN SWARTZ HALE
Evelyn Swartz Hale, age 58, Johnson
City, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at her residence.
A native of Washington Co.,
she was a
daughter of the late Eugene and Betty Saylor Swartz.
Ms. Hale was retired. She was
loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a member of Grace Temple
Survivors include a son, Jay
Swartz of Johnson City; one daughter, Toria Hale of Johnson City; one brother,
Gary Swartz and
wife Valerie of Johnson City; two sisters, Trish Higgins of Jonesborough, and
Karen Hawkins and husband, Chris of Saginaw, TX; four grandchildren, Trahson
White, Jaysahn Swartz, J’Michael Hale and Zayden Hale; nieces
and nephews, Matthew Whitson,
Sarah Whitson,Meghan Swartz, Garrick Swartz, Perry Higgins, Lauren Higgins, Brianna Hawkins
and Cierra Hawkins.
The funeral service for Ms.
be conducted at 6:00 PM Friday, July 12, 2013 at Grace Temple Church, 208
Garden Drive, Johnson City, TN, 37601 with Pastor Mark Redd officiating.
The graveside committal service
be Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active
pallbearers will be Chet Laws, Garrick Swartz, Clay Webb, Eric Claridy, John
Jackson and Pete Greenlee; honorary pallbearer will be Otis Robinson.
The family will receive friends
4:00 PM until service time Friday, July 12, 2013 at Grace Temple Church.
Jimmy Cunningham entered restedive
on Sunday, July
at the Johnson City Meducal Center.
. A memorial service
will be held on Thursday July 11th at 5:00 PM at Birchette Mortuary.
Wayne (Puddy) Arnett Sr., 40, Johnson City, TN,
passed away unexpectedly Saturday June 29, 2013. Dennis was born in Bristol,
PA, May 6, 1973, but was a long time resident of Johnson City, TN.
is survived by his parents, Beatrice and Clinton Arnett,
Johnson City, TN. One son Dennis (DJ) Arnett Jr., one daughter Olivia Arnett
both of Johnson City, TN. Brother, Clinton Arnett and wife Jerry, VA. Brother,
William Arnett and wife Denise, IN. Brother, Hubert Arnett and wife Linda,
Johnson City, TN. Brother, Raymond Arnett and Jessie Ford, Telford, TN. Brother
Joseph Arnett and Julie Miller, Johnson City, TN. Sister, Tina Rupe and husband
John, Jonesborough, TN. Sister, Sheila Hester, Johnson City, TN. Fabulous Uncle,
Raymond Garnett, Johnson City, TN. Half-brother, George Hendricks, Johnson
City, TN. Half-brother, Danny Hendricks,
PA. Half-sister, Lynda Gibson, Johnson City, TN, and several uncles and aunts. Dennis
loved spending time with his nieces and
nephews, he loved them dearly; Clinton, Tyler, Dillon, Vincent, Megan, Sheila,
Katie, Britney and Kathy Arnett. Sam Drain, Paige Rupe, Carla and Angel Hester,
Jessie and Dalton Miller, Tiarra McMillian, Tacarro Woodson, Lisa Freeman, and
Billy Disbrow. He is also survived by fiancé and love of his life, Barbara
Swanner, Gray, TN.
was a loving son and brother. He was full of love and
laughter and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Family will receive friends Friday, July 5th from
2pm – 4pm at their residence, 123 Red Row Rd., Johnson City.
JUSTIN TYLER MACHEN
Tyler Machen departed this life of Friday June 28,
2013 after a brief illness. Justin was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on July 10,
Justin was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother,
family includes his Parents Jerry Jr., and Karen
Machen, brothers, Jasen and Dustin, Grandparents, James Henderson, Alfreeda
Machen, Jerry Sr., and Linda Machen, and a host of Uncles Aunts, Cousins, and
The family will receive friends at the Birchette Mortuary
Chapel on Saturday, July 6th from 10am-11am; a Memorial Service
will follow at
11am. Prior to the services the family will receive friends at 1610 Fairview
Ave., in Johnson City.
LOUIS FRANKLIN LOCKE,
Louis Franklin Locke,Sr., age 67 of Johnson
City, passed away on June 28, 2013. Louis graduated from Langston High School in Johnson City and later attended ETSU.
He was an active member of the ROTC before entering the United States Air Force. Louis served over 20 years in the USAF and
retired in 1989, and was an active member of Grace Temple Church. He was the son of the late Hattie and
Charles Kenneth Locke. Louis is survived by four children; Louis F. Locke, Jr., Matthew Curtis Locke, Jeffrey Alexander Locke
and Crystal Robinson; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Charles Kenneth Locke, Jr. (Ida), and James
Locke (Billie), and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Louis was also preceded in death by Simon and Mattie
Miller, Lee and Virginia Allen, and a brother Robert Stewart Locke.
family will receive friends on July 5th at Grace Temple Eternal Life Center 208
Garden Dr., Johnson City; TN 37604 from 10am-11:30am, Funeral services will begin at 11:30am on Friday, July 5th. The
family will receive friends prior to the services at 321 W. Chilhowie Ave., in Johnson City.
Fields-Carson Freeman a native of Lebanon,Va, and a resident Johnson city, TN for many years, went home to
be with The Lord on June 7, 2013.
She was preceded in death by Ed Robinson and Corrie Johnson (parents), Troy Freeman
(husband), Martha Robinson (sister), Shelia Ann Delaney, Teresa V. Rhea (daughters), Brian K. Hill (grandson) and long time
friend David "June" Ervin.
She leaves behind one daughter Elizabeth "Betty" Riddick Carson, 2 sons Thomas and Jay Jay Fields,
14 Grandchildren, 35 Great grandchildren, and 3 Great Great Grandchildren. Extended family Dora Carson and Cora Wagner.
The family will be receiving friends at 507 Robinson Drive in Johnson City.
will be held at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday,June 12, 2013 receiving friends from 12:00pm-1:00pm and the
services at 1:00pm-
|GOD' S GOT THIS
Belle Page, 54, went home to be with the Lord on June
6, 2013 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Clara taught Head Start for the
past 25+ years. She touched so many lives with her love for teaching the
children in her class and the parents that she came in contact with. She never
met a stranger and always befriended everyone she met with a smile, warm hugs
or words of kindness, always followed by “God’s Got This!” To meet her is to
love her. She would go the extra mile to help those in need. So many people
would call to encourage Clara, but in return was always encouraged by her love
and strength of God. She was such an amazing person that was loved by so many.
She will be truly missed.
was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Page, her
parents, Elizabeth “Libby” Fields and Colden David “Speedy” Fields.
She leaves to mourn
her 3 children, Laura (Tyrone) Fields of Bellport, NY, Alexis Page and Lawrence
(Samantha) Page of Johnson City, her grandchildren, Kiyana, La’Mya, Jason and
Kadjah. Also six sisters, Gloria (Jerry) Thomas, Angela (Larry) Driver, Audrey
(Elmore) Driver, Debra (Wayne) Wilson, Jane (Benard) Smith, Wilma Charlie (Lawrence)
Smith and her 4
brothers, John (Lisa) Hamilton, Tony (Vicky) Hamilton, David Fields and
Lawrence (Summer) Fields and a host of Aunt, Uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins
and very close friends.
are as follows: Friday, June 14, 2013-6pm-9pm
receiving of friends and Saturday, June 15, 2013 12noon-2pm Homegoing Service.
Both services will be held at Grace Temple Eternal Life Center ~ 208 Garden Dr
~ Johnson City, TN 37604
Linda Kay 'Link' Malloy
We regretfully announce the Homegoing of Linda Malloy,
She departed this life
on May 23, 2013, to celebrate with Our Lord in Heaven. She leaves to mourn her only daughter Leandra Malloy, her beloved mother
Brenda Brooks, sister Sherry 'Shug' Hampton, two brothers Walter 'Fred' Hairston, Terry 'Kojack' Copeland. As well as a host
of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. She worked at Girls Inc for 7 years and Burger King.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jaishankar, Dr Colvett
and staff at the Regional Cancer Center as well as the nurses on 2200 floor of the JCMCH who all did a wonderful job of caring
Memorial services will be
held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7 PM at the Birchette Mortuary "Chapel of Love". Dr, C. H. Charlton officiating. The
family will receive friends from 6 PM until 7 PM prior to the services.
DOROTHY ELIZABETH HORN
Dorothy Elizabeth Horn, age
87, 115 RD Miller Rd. Limestone,
Tennessee, went home to rest on Monday April 29, 2013 after a brief illness.
Born September 6, 1924, to the late Albert and Ida Belle Hartsell Miller, in
is proceeded in death by her husband Earl Horn, Oakland,
California; Four sisters, Francis Watson and Naomi Miller, Johnson City,
Tennessee, Gearldine Richardson and Ida Jackson, Flint Michigan, Barbara Fields,
Tennessee; one brother James W. Miller, Warren, Ohio.
Dorothy moved back to Tennessee in 2001 after living in
Oakland, California for over 35 years. She leaves to mourn her passing, sister
Marian Brady, Johnson City, Tennessee; Nieces Brenda(Rauf) Muhammad of St.
Louis, Missouri, Linda Price, Johnson City, Tennessee, Senita and Jackie
Jackson, Flint, Michigan, Teresa (Ben) Price, Flint, Michigan, Janice (Robert)
Madison, Bristol, Tennessee, Joyce Dickson, Knoxville, Tennessee, Eugenia
(Terry) Byrd, Johnson City, Tennessee; Nephews, Bobby Miller, Youngstown, Ohio,
Rick (Terri) Bowling, Kingsport, Tennessee, Timmy (Darrell) Bowling, Johnson
City, Michael, Phillip, Davie, Chuck, and Billy Bowling of Johnson City. Thirty
great nieces and nephews, and a special great niece, Kennedy Fuller.
services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Birchette Mortuary "Chapel of Love" The family will
receive friends from 12 noon until 1 pm. Burial will be private.
Bill Jackson 71, entered into rest on April 3, 2013. He was a Johnson City native and
the son of the late Edward Jackson Sr. and Rosetta Williams-Jackson. Bill was a Baptist.
He was preceded
in death by his parents, three sisters, Margaret Hairston, Mary Katherine (Jane) Brown , and Rachel Johnson. Two
brothers, Eugene (Pete) Williams and Edward Jackson Jr.
He leaves to mourn his passing, two brothers, Charles Jackson Sr., Lawrence Jackson Sr., and two sisters,
Ethel Mae Thomas and Jennie Jackson. Children, Patricia Young, Margaret Jackson-French, Ammie Jackson (Williams), Verbenia
Williams, Bill Williams, and Daniel Williams. Grandchildren, Latisha Turner, Sherry Young, Mylik Williams,
Neisha French, Isaac French, David Greenberg, Jordan Williams, Cierra Williams, and three great-grandchildren.
A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special friends, Reverend Don Williams, Jerry Jackson, Tony
Harris and Gina Ryans.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday April 9, 2013 at Greater Love Church of God in Christ, 130 Garden Dr. with Pastor
Michael Cummings officiating. Burial to follow at the VA National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M.
to 1:00 P.M. prior to the service at the church.
Greenlee went home to be with the lord on April 1, 2013. Maylean Wilson and
Arthur Greenlee, his mother and father await him there. His wife, the late Marcina
Love also awaits
him. Survivors include his children and his grandchildren, Pete, Taneshia, Dominique,
Denise, Kaelon, Kaya, and Kadence.
We will truly
miss you! So until we meet again, we will see you in Heaven.
will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday April 10, 2013 at New Zion Faith Center,
1904 Jamestown Road with Pastor E.E. Widby officiating. Burial to follow at
Washington County Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:00
p.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
WILLIAM G. SCOTT
Mr. William G. Scott of Johnson
City, Tennessee, entered into peaceful rest surrounded by his family on March 13, 2013 at his residence. William was honorable
Air Policeman in the United States Air Force. He served two tours of duty in South East Asia. William is survived by his children,
Stacy Scott, Gina Scott, Jacole Fierro, and William M. Scott. Survivors also include his mother, Bernadine Scott, sisters,
Emma Mae Simmons of Elizabethton, Gale Scott, Sandy Scott, and Diane Scott, brothers
Garfield Wayne Hill (Alice), of Elizabethton, Donald Clawson Hill, Henry Scott, Dale Scott, Tary Scott, and Johnny Scott.
Grandchildren, Stelayna Scott, Reyna Tovar, Sahmya Scott,and Conner Scott.
The family would also like
to give a special thanks to Nurse Nonie Weir and Shannon Carrier of Caris Health Care.
Memorial Services will be
at 1:00PM Wednesday March 20, 2013 at Birchette Mortuary “Chapel of Love” with Pastor Jeanette Clark officiating. Graveside services at the VA National Cemetery Mountain Home
Sunrise 09/05/1980- Sunset 03/04/2013
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, have kept the faith.. Finally, there is
laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge will give to me on that day, and not to me only
but also to all who has loved his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
Garrett was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, but was a resident of Santa Monica, California. He was employed as an outstanding car salesman and worked faithfully until his illness.
Garrett made so many lasting friendships and loved his work. He was a graduate
of Science Hill High School. He loved sports, he played basketball, football,
baseball, and also track. He was an outstanding Little League and Babe Ruth pitcher. He loved his church family and was a faithfull member of Friendship Baptist Church.
He attended Sunday School, and was involved in the Bethel District and Sunshine
Band youth department. Garrett Loved his Pastor, Dr. C. H. Charlton and Mrs.
Jenoa Wade, his Director of the Sunshine Band. In California he attended Bel
Air Presbyterian Church. He also attended Thankful Baptist Church and was a member
of the youth department.
He is survived by his parents, Karen Watson McConnell, a devoted mother, and Charles and Ann McConnell,
“ Mamaw and Papaw”. Father, Gary McConnell (Mary), Godparents, Reverend
and Mrs. Lynn Bachman, daughter, Kathryn Kay McConnell, Grandparents James Watson and Cecile Church, brothers, Adam Vanover,
Nick Barnett, Matthew McConnell, Zack McConnell and Donovan McConnell, sisters,
Courtney McConnell and Alexis McConnell. Several Aunts and Uncles including,
Eddie McConnell. Many other relatives and friends. A special Uncle Bill, Dr. William Murphy II.
Thursday March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Friendship Baptist Church, 522West Main St,
Dr. C.H. Charlton, Pastor. The family
will receive friends from 5:00pm- 7:00 pm prior to the service at the church. Graveside services will be held Friday March
15, 2013 at 10:00 am at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Howard Hale passed away on Friday January 25, 2013. John was the son of the late Earl and Hattie Hale. Mr. Hale was preceded in death by siblings, Margaret “Dolly” Hale, Earl “Sonny”
Hale Jr., Robert “Bobby” Hale, Oliver David Hale, and Samuel “Kenneth” Hale.
He leaves to mourn his daughter
Tonya Hale, son, Sherman, grandchildren Maleek and Josiah Hale, Mayah and Montrell Love, all of Johnson City. One brother, William “Billy” Hale of Johnson City, two sisters, Mary “Sweat Pea”
Sherrill and Stephanie “Step” Butler of Columbus Ohio. One Aunt, Virginia Goins of Johnson City, and a host of
nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends,
Thursday January 31, 2013 at the home of niece Toria Hale at 209 E. Fairview Ave., from 3 to 7pm.
A memorial Service will be
held at 5 pm on Friday February 1, 2013 at the Birchette Mortuary “Chapel of Love”.
Heaven gained another angel on January 26, 2013 when Frances W. Edwardson, 83,
was called home from the Christian Care Center of Johnson City. Frances was a lifelong resident of Johnson City and was formerly employed with Baxter Pharmaceuticals for over 20 years. She
was a member of both Grace Temple and Thankful Baptist Churches.
She is survived by her son, Steve E. Edwardson; Granddaughter, Shelli G. Fields; Grandson,
Sedrick T. Edwardson; and Great Granddaughter, Jaisa S. Calloway all of Johnson City, TN, a
daughter in-law, Lucy Edwardson, and a host of other family members. She is preceded in death by her mother,
Mary Lee Williams, her brother Bobby Williams, her sister Helen Crawford Brady, and her son Sedrick T. Edwardson all of Johnson
will be held at Thankful Baptist Church on
Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 1pm: receiving of friends from 12-1 pm, and a graveside service to follow
at the Washington County Memorial Gardens.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Christian Care Center and the staff
of Caris Health Care and to acknowledge the support of Connie and James Bradley and Will Ison.
The family will receive friends at he home of Steve Edwardson prior to service.
BILLY F. GARDNER
Billy F. Gardner,
born October 21, 1939 to Mae Rollins and Fields Gardner. Billy passed away on January 24, 2013. Billy was an employee of the
Johnson City Public School System for thirty years. He was a member of the Church of Our Lord Jesus.
He leaves to morn his passing, his wife, Cordella Gardner, one sister, Nancy Simpson, four children, Patricia(William)Dennis,
Kathy Gardner, William (Bud) Gardner, all of Johnson City, Tennessee and Frank
Gardner of Bristol, Tennessee. Nine Grandchildren, Ketron Gardner, Thelma Dennis,
Tiara Gardner, Gwendolyn Gardner, Courtney Gardner, Mary Dennis, Joey Gardner, Billy Gardner, and Cardell Gardner. Six Great-Grandchildren.
will be held at 2pm Saturday February 2, 2013 at the Church of Our Lord Jesus, Pastor Cora Hamilton officiating.