January 16, 2014

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

CHARLES MARION ‘JOE’ CHRISTOPHER JR.

Charles Marion “Joe” Christopher Jr., 67, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 14, 2014 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. He was the pastor of Bulls Gap Baptist Church. He was a devout Christian and a devoted husband and father. He was a Baptist Minister for 46 years and pastored churches in different parts of Tennessee. He was loved by so many people and will be greatly missed. He loved people and loved preaching and ministering to them. He also liked to farm and raise goats.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Marion Christopher Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Carlene Hembree Christopher; children, Angela Sue (Terry) McClain, Katherine Ann (Bobby) Adkins, Vivian Marie Christopher and John Dustin Christopher; grandchildren, Samantha Noel and Charles Daniel McClain; mother, Retha Sieber Christopher; brothers, Charles Hendrix, Timothy and sister, Vivian Garrett; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will follow with the Rev. Rick Dinkins officiating. Burial be Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Christian-Sells Funeral Home, Rogersville.

JUDY GREENE ERRINGTON

JUDY GREENE ERRINGTON

JUDY GREENE ERRINGTON

Judy Greene Errington, 70, loving mother and nana, passed away on Jan. 11, 2014. She was very giving and spent every moment she could with her family and friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Leona Greene and brother, Kenneth Greene.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Dottie Errington; grandchildren, Isaac and Caleb Errington; sister-in-law, Myrna L. Greene; and nieces, Cyndi and Carole Greene.

The family will receive friends at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. The service will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dennis Loy officiating.

Arrangements by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

LAWRENCE FRANKLIN HARTMAN SR.

LAWRENCE FRANKLIN HARTMAN SR.

LAWRENCE FRANKLIN HARTMAN SR.

Lawrence Franklin Hartman Sr., 70, of Morristown, passed away on Jan. 14, 2014 at UT Medical Center after a courageous and heroic battle.

The funeral service will be held at Morristown Church of God, 2471 Old Liberty Hill Road, at 7 p.m on Friday, Jan. 17. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. His son-in-law, the Rev. Tony Collins and the Rev. Rick Bradbury will be officiating the service celebrating his life. Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. A processional will begin from Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday and conclude at Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers were chosen out of love by Mr. Hartman and will be Allen Silver, Eddie Samples, Doug Cowan, John Fisher, Don Brooks, Seth Linkous, Chance Linkous, D.J. Lowery, Stan Linkous, Donnie Ricker, Stu Houpt and Randal Price.

Lawrence was born in Morristown on March 19, 1943. He was preceded in death by parents, William Lee Hartman and Glenna Lee Hartman and his brother, Eddie Hartman and beloved son Larry.

He was a long term employee of Volunteer Fabricators in Sneedeville. He was very active and devoted to his church, New Vision Ministries in White Pine.

He was married to Anita Hartman for 49 years. Together they shared a life of love and devotion which was seen from the moment they met until the moment they said their final goodbyes on this earth. Their marriage and devotion to each other was one of which fairy tales and all little girls dreams are made of. Their marriage, friendship and union was one to be admired, sought after and hoped for. It was a love that will continue and will be renewed when they meet again.

He was the loving father of Cindy Hartman Collins, and Meshelle Hartman Owens. He considered it an honor to be “Papaw” to Tony Lee Collins Jr., Casey Stafford, Hannah and Hailey Collins, Luke, Zack and Kyle Hartman, Lindsey and Taylor Helton, Abby Owens, Ashli Collins, Rocky Stafford, and Matt Howell. He was a very proud great-grandfather to Hadie and Gracie Stafford and Ellie Collins.

“Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons in their fathers,” Proverbs 17:6 .

Lawrence never knew a stranger and showed himself to be friendly to all who met him. He was a devoted friend to many, and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Hartman had requested that donations be given to New Vision Ladies Ministries. This can be done by mailing your donation to Capital Bank, 2329 East Morris Blvd., Morristown, TN, 37813 or P.O. Box 2065, Morristown, TN 37813.

The family would like to thank the staff of the UT Medical Center for their loving care and friendship.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

ROBERT CRAIG HUNTER

Mr. Robert Craig Hunter, 48, of Mount Airy, N.C., went home to be with Jesus on Monday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2014. Craig was born in July of 1965 in Asheville to Bob and Kay Hunter.

Craig was married to his high school sweetheart, Michele Martin Hunter, in July of 1987, and they were blessed with four children, CJ, 22; Gaines, 20; Worth, 18; and Mary Grace, 16.

Craig was predeceased by his father, Robert Carter Hunter; and his grandparents, Guy “Pop” and Fannie “Nan” Wall.

Craig is survived by his mother; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy and Lee Hunter and Doug and Joni Hunter; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Kay Martin; a brother-in-law and his wife, Kevin and Tish Martin; a sister-in-law and her husband, Robin and Kevin Shore; two nieces, Olivia Hunter and Avery Martin; and six nephews, Wes Hunter, Jay Hunter, Cameron Shore, Scott Shore, Tristen Shore and Jackson Martin.

Craig was a graduate of Mount Airy High School and received his Associate of Applied Agriculture degree from North Carolina State University in 1986. As Craig finished his degree, he was fortunate to meet Ed Bailey, a lifelong mentor and “coach,” who taught him the foundations of commercial real estate and helped ground in him a love for development and a strong work ethic, supported by his faith, family values, and a desire to give back to his community. Craig worked with Ed Bailey at Commercial Associates until joining Granite Development in 1992, where he remained until the onset of his ALS prevented him from continuing to work at the pace he loved.

Craig was a graduate of the North Carolina Realtors Institute (GRI) and a licensed real estate broker. He was a member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors, Surry County Association of Realtors, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM – Chapter 56), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Craig was a past member of the Mount Airy Jaycees, the Mount Airy Sunrise Rotary, a past board member of the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, a past chairman and board member of Surry County Economic Development Partnership, a past trustee on the board for Northern Hospital of Surry County, a Surry County Commissioner (elected in 2002, he served as a member and chairman over two terms until December 2010), past board member of The Shepherd’s House Homeless Shelter, past adult committee member and volunteer leader for Young Life of Surry County, volunteer with Franklin Youth Foundation as baseball and basketball coach, volunteer baseball coach at Mount Airy High School, and a member of Jefferson Church of Christ.

Craig loved his family, his friends, and his community and believed in giving of himself to strive to make life better for others.

Upon his diagnosis, Craig was quoted as saying, “I can’t wait to hang out with Jesus. I know he looks at me and laughs at some of the goofy stuff I do. Jesus wants his favorite goofball closer to him, and walking down amen corner at Augusta National (my personal picture of heaven) in a two-some with Jesus will be awesome. I will miss my family, friends, and numerous relationships and fun times, but that is all temporary, and I will have everyone I care about and love right with me one day at our eternal home.”

Craig’s family received friends at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy on Wednesday evening, Jan. 15 beginning at 6 p.m., and they celebrated his life in a service at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. Following the service, Craig was buried at Mountain View Baptist in Lowgap.

Craig was always the ultimate fan of so many kids in our community. He gave his time and energy to lift them up and pray for them and encourage them in so many ways. To this end, his family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Young Life of Surry County, P.O. Box 327, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

Arrangements by Moody Funeral Service, Mount Airy, N.C.

LOIS M. JONES

Lois M. Jones, 88, of Morristown, passed away on Jan. 13, 2014, at The Heritage Center. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church. Prior to her illness, she loved to crochet and participated in local craft shows.

She was preceded in death by father and mother, Elbert H. and Mary McKinney; husband, Cecil H. Jones; son, Wayne Jones; sisters, Ruby Potter, Ruth Robertson, Edith McClanahan, Hazel Dickerson, Mary Frances McKinney; brothers, Elbert McKinney Jr. and George McKinney.

She is survived by daughter, Tammy (Tim) McKinney of Greenville, N.C.; grandson, Taylor (Carolyn) McKinney, of Fredericksburg, Va.; granddaughters, Donna (John) Guinn of Morristown and Tina Jones of New York; daughter-in-law, Donna Kay Jones of Morristown; sisters, JoAnn Kinley of White Pine, and Ora Canter of Morristown; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Virginia Liggett and the nurses and staff at The Heritage Center.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17 at Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel. Burial will be in Hamblen Memory Gardens. No graveside services are planned.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

SHARON J. KIMBROUGH

Sharon J. Kimbrough, 58, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel.

BILL R. LICHLYTER SR.

Bill R. Lichlyter Sr., 71, of Bean Station, passed away 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. He was a retired minister with the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include wife, Linda Gray Lichlyter; daughters, Melissa Hayes of Bean Station, Stacia Wilder of Wasilla, Alaska; son, Billy R. Lichlyter Jr. of Bean Station, seven grandchildren; brother, Carl Lichlyter of Englewood; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Noah and Ella Mae Forner Lichlyter; brothers, Donald and W.J. Lichlyter.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elisha’s Food Pantry, c/o Freedom Fellowship, White Pine, TN 37890.

Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

EVELYN D. ‘NANA’ MORRIS

Evelyn D. Morris “Nana,” 80, of Morristown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at Lakeway Regional Hospital.

Entombment services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Hamblen Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

GLADYS NEEDHAM

Gladys Needham, 82, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Lakeway Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel.

MAXINE R. NORTON

Maxine R. Norton, 86, of Morristown, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. She was a member of Montvue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis B. Norton; parents, Andrew and Annie Roberts; four brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by her son, Jacky (Darla) Norton; grandson, Chris Norton; great-grandson, Jonah Norton; sister, May (Kyle) Winstead; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Manning officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Kidwells Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

BRIAN D. QUACKENBUSH

Brian D. Quackenbush, 70, of Morristown passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at his home.

A military memorial service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 in Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel conducted by VFW Post No. 5266. The family will receive friends 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the services.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

JACK BENJAMIN ROMINES

Jack Benjamin Romines, 80, of White Pine, passed away at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 after a lingering illness. He is retired from Lenzing Fibers and was a member of Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was one of the oldest members.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Grace Morie Romines; brothers, Quinton, James, Harold “Woody” and Dennis Romines; sisters, Helen Allen, Mary Hart and Joann Fain.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bobbie Jean Romines; children, son, Russell (Jill) Romines of Morristown; daughter, Valerie Romines of Joneboro and son, Mike (Ellen) Romines of Dandridge; grandchildren, Ben and Kelly Romines, Stephanie Baldwin; great-grandson, Wyatt Baldwin; sisters, Hazel Rimmer and Barbara Sue Franklin; also several nieces, nephews and other family members.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home in White Pine, with the Rev. Charles Shipley and the Rev. Bud Cagle officiating, family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside interment will be on Friday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in White Pine Cemetery.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 272, White Pine, TN 37890.

Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home in White Pine. 

ROY C. SMITH

ROY C. SMITH

ROY C. SMITH

Roy C. Smith, 66, of Morristown went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan.14, 2014. He was saved as a young man, and was a member and attended Bean Station Baptist Temple Church of Bean Station.

Roy was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be missed by his family and friends. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, his church and his church family. Roy served in the U.S. Army and Tennessee Army National Guard, and retired from the National Guard OMS shop in Kingsport with 33 years military service. He was a brick mason for more than 40 years, having his own business, Smith Masonry. He liked going hunting with his sons.

Roy battled cancer for three years. The Lord needed him more than his family and he is sitting by His side now working for the Lord. Roy was a very special person loved by everyone, always with a smile and a kind word to say.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Worley C. Smith and Eva (Seals) Smith; grandson, Joseph Lane; great-grandson, Skylar Hicks; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jess and Stella Williams; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Wilma (Williams) Smith; sons, James (Karen) Smith and Troy (Amanda) Smith of Bean Station; daughters, Katrina (Leon) Hicks and Tabitha Lane of Morristown; grandchildren are Jessica and Aaron Hicks, Dustin and Lexi Smith, Bobby Lane, Trevor, Mallory, Peyton and MaKenzie Smith; great-grandson, Colton Robertson; brothers, Bill (the late Peggy) Smith, “Bus” Charles (Wanda) Smith, Jimmie (Gale) Smith; sister, “Sis” Juanita (the late Walt) Wilson; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in the chapel of Mayes Family Services, Downtown. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the funeral home with the Rev. John Ricketts and the Rev. Rodney Ricketts officiating and the interment to follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens with military honors conducted by VFW Post No. 5266.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Lee and staff at Tennessee Cancer Specialists and Smoky Mountain Hospice.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

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