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Obituaries from "The Tomahawk"

People 65 and over will be included and pertinent information will be given.


June 4, 1997 issue

BLEVINS, Carl M., 82, Shady Valley, June 1, 1997 Native of Johnson Co., TN, son of late George Ray and Martha Cress Blevins. Preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. Survivors include wife, Verdie Blevins, brothers, Cline Ray Blevins, Shady Valley; Gayther W. Blevins, Mountain City.
STOUT, Stella Blanche, 85, Mountain City, May 31, 1997. Native of Johnson Co., TN. Preceded in death by husband Jacob D. Stout in 1981 and brother, Hartley Potter. Survivors include brothers, Eddie Perkins, Shelton Perkins and Earl Perkins all of Mountain City and sisters, Ruby Slemp and Cleo Colson of Mountain City; and Doris Hughes, Bettsville, MD. Interment: Stout Cemetery.
PAYNE, Frieda Mae, Mountain City, May 31, 1997 Native of Johnson Co., TN, daughter of late William Bynum and Ollie Potter Payne. Preceded in death by brother, Shelton Payne. Survivors include sister, Lucy Payne, Mountain City and brother Earl Payne of Mountain City, two half-sisters, Elsie Nichols and Carrie Taylor, both of Mountain City. Interment: Potter Cemetery.
REECE, Wilma H., 78, Trade, TN, May 31, 1997 Native of Carter Co., TN, daughter of late Walter and Ida Greer Heaton. Preceded in death by husband, Martin Reece. Survivors include sisters, Zola Wolfe and Eula Milligan, both of Bristol, VA; step-sister, Minnie Greer, Spokane WA and uncle, John Greer, Spokane, WA. Interment: Reece Cemetery, Trade, TN
CASEY, Walker M., 76, May 24, 1997. Native of Washington Co., VA. Preceded in death by wife Annie Callahan Casey. Survivors include brother Henry Junior Casey, Bristol, TN; sister Frances Sullins, Bristol, VA. Interment: Bethel Cemetery.
PIERCE, George Ray, 72, May 29, 1997. Native of Johnson Co., TN, son of late George Hamilton and Vada Stout Pierce. Preceded in death by wife, Marie Glatt Pierce in 1975 and brothers, Dale and Joseph Pierce. Survivors include brother, Delmer Pierce of Butler, TN. Interment: Burley Shoun Cemetery.
McELYEA, Carl D., 66, Laurel Bloomery, TN, May 30, 1997 Native of Johnson Co., TN, son of late Bob and Mary Alice Proffit McElyea. Preceded in death by brother, Ed McElyea. Survivors include wife, Gladys McElyea, brothers Stacy McElyea and Clyde McElyea, both of Laurel Bloomery, TN. Interment: Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
TESTER, Pearl L., 79, Mountain City, May 30, 1997. Native of Carter Co., TN, daughter of late Charlie and Alice Henson Hicks. Preceded in death by husband, Vonnie Tester, four brothers and two sisters. Survivors include sister, Edith Oliver, Akron, OH; brothers Daniel Oliver, Hampton, TN and Fred Hicks of Norfolk, VA. Interment: Green Cemetery.


May 28, 1997 issue

MILLER, Dollie B., 85, Shady Valley, TN, May 25, 1997 Native of Johnson Co, daughter of late Amos Lillard and Abigail Greer Sluder. Preceded in death by husband, Garfield F. Miller, February 11, 1994 and by brother Dana Sluder. Survivors include brothers, Fred Sluder and Otis Sluder, both of Shady valley, TN and sisters, Edna Blevins of Shady Valley, TN and Faye Rosozza of Avondale, PA. Interment: Gentry Cemetery
LEWIS, Clara D., 85, Mountain City, May 24, 1997. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Jim and Zora Roberts Davenport. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde R. Lewis and sister, Onnie Dyson. Survivors include brother Hugh Davenport of Damascus, VA. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Johnson Co., TN.
PHILLIPS, Glenn, 71, of Mountain City, May 18, 1997 Died Landenberg, PA. Native of Clayton County, GA, son of late Luther and Eva Phillips. Survivors include wife, Lena Poor Phillips, brothers, Henry and R.E. Phillips of Clayton, GA and sister Mary Kostick of South Carolina. TN.
COLE, Richard, 71, Wickliffe, OH, November 20, 1996 Born July 24, 1925 in Mountain City, TN. Raised by Rev. and Mrs. A.E. Brown of Mountain City and was preceded in death by parents Richard Eugene and Margaret Hazel Cole and brothers, James and Max Brown. Survivors include wife, Muriel A. (Spragg) Cole and brother, Eugene Cole of Greenwood, SC. Interment: Mountain View Cemetery.
ELLIOTT, Ena Campbell, 76, Leesburg, FL. Daughter of late Burson and Arizona Smith Camptell. Preceded in death by husband Ray Elliott. Survivors include brother R.D. Campbell, Butler, TN and sister, Laura Fritts, Butler, TN. Interment: Rock Springs Cemetery.
FRITTS, Dan B., 93, Laurel Bloomery, TN, May 26, 1997 Native of Johnson County son of late James Milton and Sarah Pierce Fritts. Preceded in death by wife, Birgie Gentry Fritts, January 20, 1997. Interment: State Line Cemetery.


Wednesday, May 21, 1997 issue.

HODGE, Winnie A., 71, of Mountain City, TN, May 13, 1997 at Elizabethton, TN. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Lewis and Lillie Wilson Campbell. Preceded in death by her husband, Grant Hodge, half-brother Sanford Campbell and half-sister, Vie Gilley. Survivors include: brothers Bill Campbell of Bristol, TN; Bud Campbell, Shady Valley, TN and one half-sister, Minnie Arnold of Lenoir. Burial: Phillippi Cemetery, Johnson Co., TN.
TRIVETT, Charles H., 77, Damascus, VA May 11, 1997 Lifelong resident of Damascus, VA. Survivors include wife, Alice Trivett, sisters Hazel Cornett and Lou Brewer, both of Damascus. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Washington Co., VA.
POTTER, Thelma P., 87, of Mountain City, died Johnson Co., TN Native of Freeburn, KY daughter of late Joseph and Laura Thompson Phillips. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas G. Potter, two brothers, William C. Phillips and Ray Phillips. Interment: Green Cemetery.
PHILLIPPI, Clarence "Paw", 83, May 18, 1997, Mountain City, TN. Native of Johnson County son of late Roy W. and Nettie Mae Arnold Phillippi. Preceded in death by sister, Lena Shelton. Survivors include wife, Dora Rankins Phillips, seven sisters; Edith Thompson; Frances Ewing, Mary Arhold, all of Pennsylvania; Irene Hurley of Georgir; Peggy Sisler of Maryland; Hazel Williams of Elizabethton, TN; Della Reece of Mountain City. Interment: Phllippi Cemetery.
CRESS, Bedie M., May 18, 1997 of Mountain City Died Abingdon, VA. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Samuel Thompson Cress and Emaline Brown Cress. Preceded in death by a brothers, Everette, Cress. Interment: Phillippi Cemetery, Johnson Co., TN.
SHOUN, William H., 70, of Mountain City, May 16, 1997 Died Boone, NC. Native of Johnson County, son of late William H. Shoun, Sr. and Rachel Robinson Shoun. Preceded in death by three sisters: Bernice Stamper Shoun; Thelma (Mutt) Stout; Mildred Shoun and brothers, Ray C. Shoun and Theadford Shoun. Interment: Shoun-McEwen Cemetery.
MATHERLY, C.J., 80, of Butler, TN, May 13, 1997 Native of Carter County, son of the late Percy and Verda Bishman Matherly. Survivors include sisters, Avanel Shupe of Mishawaka, IN and Eula Scofield of South Bend, IN and three brothers, Lee Matherly and Percy Matherly, both of Butler and Charles Matherly of Oscola, IN. Interment: Matherly Cemetery.
STOUT, Edward "Peanut", 70, of Mountain, May 18, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of late Roby and Maude Smith Stout. Preceded in death by brother, Fred Stout of Butler and sister, Nan Vaught of Mountain City. Interment: Stout Cemetery.
SNYDER, Paul H., 81, of Butler, TN, May 20, 1997 Died Boone, NC. Native of Johnson County, son of late Monroe and Carrie Stivers Snyder. Preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Survivors include wife, Virginia B. Snyder and sister, Mae Dugger of Butler. Interment: Mausoleum of Love, Sunset Memorial Park, Johnson Co., TN.


Wednesday, May 14, 1997 issue.

GRINDSTAFF, Donald J., 76, of Elizabethton, TN, May 6, 1997 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. Native of Johnson County, son of George Matherly and Tishia Osborne. Preceded in death by wife, Fredia Nell Anderson Grindstaff. Survivors include half brothers and half sisters: Herbert Matherly, I.G. Osborne, Sr., Harold Matherly, Dean Matherly, Nancy Brown, Rosezeen O. Salyer, Pat Landmeir, Frances, Butch, Larry, Janet, Shirley, Ruthie, Linda Matherly. Interment: Happy Valley Memorial Park..
REEDY, Mae Parker, 95, of Washington Co., VA, VA, May 4, 1997. Native of Washington Co., VA, widow of Morgan D. Reedy. Survivors include sisters, Lydia Hampton and Amelia Collins. Burial Jackson-Lewis Cemetery, Taylors Valley, VA.
HAGA, Roy, 84, Damascus, VA, May 7, 1997. Native of Konnarockk VA lived in Elberson, PA for 22 years before moving back to Konnarock, VA 25 years ago. Survivors include wife, Vera L. Haga, sister, Rissie Poe of Bristol, TN. Interment: Azen Cemetery.


May 7, 1997 issue

ARNOLD, Gay Viola, 75, May 5, 1997, Churchville, MD.Johnson City Medical Center. Native of Ashe Co., NC, daughter of late Riley and Emma Norris. Survivors include: husband, Spencer Arnold, sister Elizabeth Hayden. Burial Phillippi Cemetery, Johnson Co., TN.
DALMEDO, Maude, May 3, 1997, Watauga Medical Center, Boone, NC. Native of Johnson County, daughter of the late James (Tice) and Addie Wagner. Survivors include: husband, Walter J. DalMedo, sister, Nell Fritts, brother Claude Wagner all of Mountain City. Burial Sunset Mausoleum of Love.
BLEVINS, Charles M., 93, April 27, 1997, Washington Co., VA. Native of Smyth Co., VA. Survivors include, wife Ressie H. Blevins, half-sisters Edith Byrd, Marion, VA, Ruth David, Rural Retreat, VA and Gaye Spencer, Chilhowie, VA; three half-brothers, Buster Blevins, Detroit, MI, Carl Blevins, Independence, VA and James Blevins, Portland, OR. Burial Greencove Church Cemetery
ROGERS, McDaniel (Dan), 74, April 30, 1997 , of Damascus, VA. Died Bristol, VA. Native of Sullivan Co., TN. Survivors include wife, Annie V. Rogers, brother, Robert Junior Rogers, Wilkesboro, NC. Burial Sunset Memorial Park.


April 30, 1997 issue

NORRIS, Trilla Ruth Crowder, April 28, 1997, of Lenoir, NC. Daughrter of late Manley Monroe and Ella Virginia Warren Crowder. Survivors include: husband Wade S. Norris, Survivors include husband, Wade S. Norris, five brothers and three sisters. Interment: Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Caldwell Co., NC.
PRICE, Charlie Ray, April 16, 1997, Bristol, TN. Native of Washington Co., VA. Son of late James Lee and Ida Mae Price. Survivors include four sisters, Elsie Geiger and Bula Rogers, both of Bristol, TN, Marie Hagy, Hickory, NC and Lena Thomas, Vale, NC; three brothers, Bill Price, Bristol, TN, Clayton Price, Basset, VA and Clarence, Newton, NC. Burial Greenwood Baptist Church Cemetery.
JOHNSON, Ferd A., 75, Oxford, PA, April 10, 1997. Born in Mountain City, TN, son of late Manuel Johnson and Mary Goodman Johnson. Preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Survivors include wife, Lorraine Lipford Johnson, sister, Hassie Woodward, Mountain City. 81.
RUPARD, Lucille Hayes, 76 of South Carolina, April 25, 1997. Native of Damascus, VA, daughter of James Harvey and Rosa Stamper Hayes. Preceded in death by husband Walter Winfield Rupard in 1994. Survivors include sister, Helena Adams of Konnarock, VA and two brothers J.D. Hayes of Bristol, VA and James Warren Hayes of Konnarock, VA. Interment: Azen Cemetery, Washington Co., VA.
VANNOY, Grace E., 64 of Elizabethton, TN, April 29, 1997. Native of Johnson Co., TN daughter of Flossie Cowan Dean of Elizabethton and late Hobert Dean. Survivors include mother, sister, Maxine Norman of Anderson, SC, four brothers: Ernest Dean, Dearborn, MI, Vaugh Dean, Elizabethon, TN; Joe Dean, Dunedin, FL; Herman Dean, Jonesborough, TN. Burial Happy Valley Memorial Park.


April 23, 1997 issue

ELLER, Conley J., 63, Mountain City, April 19, 1997. Native of Johnson Co, son of late Floyd and Nancy Stanley Eller. Preceded in death by wife, Betty, two brothers, one half-brother and one sister. Survivors include one brother, Roy Eller of Mountain City; one half-brother, Vernie Manuel, Briston, TN; two sisters, June Eller, Mountain City and Maudina Moore, Lynchburg, VA. Interment: Phillippi Cemetery.
FORRESTER, Harold, 70, of Mountain City, April 11, 1997. Native of Pike Co., KY, son of late Joseph and Clyde Poteat Forrester. Preceded in death by two brothers, James and Leon Forrester and two sisters, Geraldine and Gloria Lee Forrester. Survivors include wife, Crete Forrester; brother Howard Forrester, Baltimore, MD and sister, Bonnie Maxwell, Mountain City. Interment: Snyder Cemetery.
POE,Nina Lee (no age given) of Mountain City, April 12, 1997. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Elbert and Alice Pope Dunn. Preceded in death by six brothers, Loyd, Paul, Von, Russel, Roby and Quince Dunn and sister Myrtle Eller. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Johnson Co., TN.
McCALL, 86 of Meadowview, VA, April 15, 1997. Native of Washington Co., VA, widow of John A. McCall, Sr. Survivors include two sisters, Vivian McCall, Abingdon, VA and Eileen Mock, Meadowview, VA. Burial Sunset Memorial Park.
CAMPBELL, Nellie L., of Mountain City, April 20, 1997. Died Elizabethton, TN.. Native of Sullivan Co., TN, daughter of late James and Mary Lunceford Hopkins. Preceded in death by husband, Sam Campbell, brothers, Joe and Dexter Hopkins and sister, Cora Hopkins. Survivors include brother Rex Hopkins, Lebanon, OR. Burial Gentry Cemetery, Shady Valley, TN.
BROOKS, Frances Mae, 67, Gray, TN, April 20, 1997. Native of Johnson County, daughter of Eck and Blanch Brooks. Survivors include mother, sisters, Ruth Brooks Miller, Bristol; Mary Brooks Hensley, Mountain City and two brothers, Ernest and Charles Brooks, both of Bristol, TN.


April 16, 1997 issue

BUNTING, Iva Lee, 89, Mountain City, April 14, 1997. Native of Johnson Co, daughter of late Noah and Stella Thomas Snyder. Preceded in death by husband, William M. Bunting in 1967. Survivors five sisters, Josephine Snyder and Vinton Snyder both of Toughkenamon, PA; Edith Segnor, Lincoln, DE; Sarah Wilson, Narrows, VA; Beulah Wallace, Mountain City. Burial Bakers Gap Cemetery.
WILSON, Fannie, 77, of Mountain City, April 12, 1997. Died Johnson City. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Ira and Amanda Dowell Snyder. Preceded in death by husband, Daniel Wilson and four brothers: Charles, Arthur, John and Ed Snyder. Survivors include two brothers, Stanley Snyder of Mountain City and Calude Snyder, Landenberg, PA and three sisters, Annie Sheley of Mountain City; Ider Pardue, Zionville, NC; and Flora Hess, Mountain City. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum of Love.
SMITH, Edsel Ray, Sr., 72, of Johnson City, April 8, 1997. Native of Mountain City, son of late John Henderson Smith and Mary Bess Wills Smith. Survivors include wife, Geneva Hickman Smith. Burial Phillippi Cemetery.
MORLEY, Dana Herman, 94, of Butler, April 10, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of late Charles and Naomi McQueen Morley. Preceded in death by wife, Rosa Wagner Morley in 1930 and a second wife, Martha Gregg Morley in 1981, sister Carrie Bradley; brother, David Morley. Survivors include brother James W. Morley, Sandiego, CA; five sisters: Gladys Stout, Elizabethton; Mary Young, Kingsport; Callie Greenwell, Elizabethton; Dorothy Whitson, Elizabethton; and Eula Tester, Butler. Burial Dyson Grove Cemetery.
WILSON, Pearl Walsh, 71, of Coatesville, PA, April 7, 1997. Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Roby and Rader Greenwell Walsh. Survivors include husband, Ray Wilson, Coatesville, PA; brothers: Arvel Walsh, Kingsport; Alfred Walsh, Laurel Bloomery; and Harry Walsh, Kingsport; two sisters: Frances Jones, Cockranville, PA and Peggy Walsh, Kingsport.
BLEVINS, Betty Charlotte, 86, of Damascus, VA, April 6, 1997. Native of Washington Co., VA. Preceded by husband, Boce O'Dell Blevins. Survivors include: sisters Ann Wilson, Damascus, VA and Marie Potter, Boone, NC. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Damascus, VA.


April 9, 1997 issue

CUNNINGHAM, Jo Boyer, 81, of Johnson City, March 27, 1997. Native of Washington, Co., daughter of late Pierce B. and Schsab Sherfey Boyer. Preceded in death by husband, George Cray Cunningham in 1959 and two brothers, Don C. Boyer and Mack P. Boyer of Johnson City. Survivors include: sister, Ruth Boyer Pierce of Jonesborough, TN and one brother Luke Keen Boyer, Sr., Jacksonville, FL. Burial Harmony Baptist Church, Jonesborough, TN.
MAHALA, Ham, 88, at Boone, NC, April 4, 1997. . Native of Ashe Co., NC son of Tom and Carolyn Greer Mahala. Survivors include wife Emma Ellen Price Mahala, three sisters, Nancy Osborne, Morganton, NC; Edith Long, Mountain City, TN; Collie Greer, Granite Falls, NC; four half-sisters, Josephine Arnold and Magelene Dunn, both of Mountain City; Annis Mains, Shady Valley, TN and Linda Ault, of Ohio. Burial Mahala Cemetery, Creston, NC.


April 2, 1997 issue

WOODS, Ida Elizabeth, of Creston, NC, March 27, 1997. Born November 1, 1904 in Ashe County to John and Elizabeth Craven Riley. Survivors include brothers, Howard Riley and Lee Riley and sister, Hattie Richardson, all of Ashe County, NC.
STEWART, Robert, 75, of Mountain City, March 28, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of the late Henry and Mossie Wilcox Stewart. Survivors include wife, Ira Wanna Steward, one sister, Esther Stewart Parker. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park.
BOONE, Effie Hamm, 86, of Lenoir, NC, March 20, 1997. Native of Ashe County, NC, daughter of the late Joe and Sarah Calhoun Hamm. Survivors include sisters, Pauline Greer of Troutdale, VA and Dellarae Lewis of Whitetop, VA. Interment: Azen Cemetery, Konnarock, VA.
HUTCHINSON, Sally E., 86, of Shady Valley, TN, March 20, 1997 Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Elbert and Victoria Watson. Preceded in death by husband, Fred C. Hutchinson. Survivors include sister, Effie Manuel of Shady Valley. Burial: The Blevins Cemetery.
JOHNSON, Mack H., 81, of Orlando, FL, March 30, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of late Hugh and Ida Payne Johnson. Survivors include wife, Virginia Gentry Johnson, brother Boyd Johnson of Chesapeake, VA and sister, Elizabeth Draper of Houma, LA.
MILLER, Birdie Lawrence, 84, of Zionville, NC, March 27, 1997. Born April 22, 1912, Trade, TN, daughter of late John and Emma Thomas Lawrence. Preceded in death by husband, John Sherman Miller, three sisters, Vern Potter, Wilma Proffitt and Arnie Mae Brown and four brothers, Fuller Lawrence, Macton Lawrence, Paul Lawrence and Wright Lawrence. Survivors include sister, Ruth Oliver and brother Cecil Lawrence, all of Trade, TN. Interment: Trade United Methodist Church Cemetery.


March 26, 1997 issue

Grayson, Bess Payne, 95, of Mountain City, March 19, 1997. Born Johnson County, daughter of late L.M. and Emma Toone Payne. Preceded in death by husband, J. Luke Grayson, October 25, 1981 and daughter, Rebecca Jean Greer. Survivors include sister, Mary Nell Lee of Johnson City, TN. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park.
Kyte, J.D "Stub", 80, of Butler, March 19, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of late H.W. "Chris" and Bertie Ellen Trivette Kyte. Preceded in death by nine brothers and five sisters. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Stalcup Kyte, one brother, Willard Kyte of Elizabethton. Interment: In the family cemetery.
Hutchinson, Sally E., 86, of Shady Valley, TN, March 20, 1997 Native of Johnson County, daughter of late Elbert and Victoria Watson. Preceded in death by husband, Fred C. Hutchinson. Survivors include sister, Effie Manuel of Shady Valley. Burian: The Blevins Cemetery.
Johnson, Mack H., 81, of Orlando, FL, March 30, 1997. Native of Johnson County, son of late Hugh and Ida Payne Johnson. Survivors include wife, Virginia Gentry Johnson, brother Boyd Johnson of Chesapeake, VA and sister, Elizabeth Draper of Houma, LA.
Miller, Birdie Lawrence, 84, of Zionville, NC, March 27, 1997. Born April 22, 1912, Trade, TN, daughter of late John and Emma Thomas Lawrence. Preceded in death by husband, John Sherman Miller, three sisters, Vern Potter, Wilma Proffitt and Arnie Mae Brown and four brothers, Fuller Lawrence, Macton Lawrence, Paul Lawrence and Wright Lawrence. Survivors include sister, Ruth Oliver and brother Cecil Lawrence, all of Trade, TN. Interment: Trade United Methodist Church Cemetery.


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