Mrs. Peggy Ann Wright Phillips

Mrs. Peggy Ann Wright Phillips, age 87, Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Phillips was born in Washington County and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Humphreys Wright and the late Dr. James E. Humphreys and Bessie Swingle Humphreys. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles W. Phillips in 1984; brothers S.V. Wright, Dick Wright and sister Bessie Catherine Wright. Survivors include daughter, Sheree Phillips-London and husband Andrew of Greensboro, NC, son Perry Phillips and wife Wanda of Jonesborough. One sister, Joan Wright Messimer and husband Emil Johnson City, sisters in law Jane Wright and Barbara Wright, both of Telford. Survivors also include several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Phillips was a member of Enon Baptist Church, Jonesborough. She will be fondly remembered for her talented piano playing, as well as her love for gardening and her flowers. Her beloved cat Prissy was a loyal companion for many years. The family will receive friends at Dillow Taylor Funeral Home, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremy Dykes and Rev. Ross Lindley officiating. Pallbearers will be nephews and family Greg Wright, Steve Wright, Tim Wright, Dr. Sam Messimer, Mike Burleson, and Marty Street. Our family would like to express our thanks to Dr. Guy Robins, Amedysis Home Health Care and nurses, Amedysis Hospice and nurses. We extend a special thank you to all of the loving caregivers over recent years. Condolences may be sent to the Phillips family online at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821.

Pauline Kyker Phillips

Polly Phillips, age 95, Jonesborough, passed away Monday, June 18th, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She would have it no other way.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Washington County and was the daughter of the late Lillian Cole Kyker and Leonard Kyker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Aunt Gladys Kyker, who was a special aunt, more like a mother.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Roy Phillips, her son Roy E. Phillips and her son-in-law Phillip D. Jackson.

Polly was a graduate of Lamar High School. She was a homemaker and loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was amember of Jonesborough United Methodist Church where she was an active member of the choir for many years. She loved the Lord. All who knew Polly valued her for her faith in God and His angels and her willingness to intercede with prayer for anyone who was in need. Everyone who met Polly immediately recognized her Christ-like loving spirit. She delighted in watching the birds, playing the piano, and reading scripture. Polly cherished sending and receiving cards and notes. Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family.

Survivors include daughters Verna Jackson and Jane Phillips Rossi (James); daughter-in-law Evia Phillips; Grandchildren, Jonathan Phillips (Michelle), Michael Davidson (Sarah), Brian Davidson, and Rebekah Moulton (Walt); Great-grandchildren, Sadie and Ryan Phillips, Cale, Noah and Brody Davidson, and Mia Moulton.

She also leaves behind many cherished friends and extended family.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the caregivers that have helped care for Polly.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm Thursday, June 21, at Jonesborough United Methodist Church with services following at 4:00 PM with Pastor Karen Lane officiating.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jonesborough United Methodist Church Music fund, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the Phillips family online at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821.

Tava Ann Cook

Tava Ann Cook

A Celebration of Life for Tava Ann Cook will be held on Friday, March 30th, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and daughter, and provider for all her Furbabies over the years. Leaving a career in nursing to become an artist extraordinaire, her work was a feature of downtown for nearly 40 years. Her newest passion was for the Wakulla River, where she was in her element, floating along with the birds, manatees, and an occasional alligator. She was also a lover of music, and could often be seen flat footing on the stoop of the gallery as the tunes of a good bluegrass band filled the air on a Friday night. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the Washington County Animal Shelter or the Humane Society of Washington County.

Show her that river,

Lead her across,

And take all her troubles


Like the lucky old sun,

Give her nothin’ to do,

But ‘Row’ around heaven

all day.

Sandra Ann Hartwick

Sandra Ann Hartwick

Sandra Ann Hartwick

JONESBOROUGH —Mrs. Sandra Ann Hartwick lost her courageous 12-year battle with breast cancer, and went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 28. She loved Charlie Mauk, her husband and soul mate of 22 years with all her heart, and stepdaughter Holly Kimlan Mauk, her mother Rose Burgess, her sister and best friend Karen Heiler, as well as 2 brothers, 3 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, 8 nieces and nephews and 13 great nice and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Reuel Hartwick. Sandi was very active as a fundraiser for Relay for Life and was given the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award by Relay for Life of Jonesborough a few days before her passing. She loved her church family at Jonesborough United Methodist Church, where she was active as a volunteer. Sandy was a bright light in this world and will continue to shine on because she helped so many people. She lived life to its fullest and lit the way for others with her beautiful and kind smile.
Celebration of life services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 at Jonesborough United Methodist Church with Pastor Karen Lane officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society NE Office, 508 Princeton Rd. Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601 or Jonesborough United Methodist Church P.O. Box 119, Jonesborough, TN 37659.
Condolences may be sent to the Hartwick family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821.

Dorothy Kate “Sue” Brackins

Mrs. Dorothy Kate ‘Sue” Brackins

Mrs. Dorothy Kate ‘Sue” Brackins

Mrs. Dorothy Kate ‘Sue” Brackins, age 88, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Lakebridge Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Brackins was born in Washington County and daughter of the late Rex & Myrtle Deakins Cloyd. She was also preceded in death by daughter, Regina Diane Brackins; granddaughter, Jennifer Cloyd; sister, Vella Laws; and brother Roy “Bud” Cloyd.
Mrs. Brackins was a Christian.
She loved flowers and being outdoors.
Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Salts, Johnson City, and Donna McKinney (Steve), Jonesborough; son Kenneth Cloyd (Robin), Jonesborough; sisters, Rovenia Bryant, Limestone and Ruby Jane Sullins, Marion, VA; brother Carl Cloyd, Limestone; grandchildren, Dustin Rex Salts (Lyndsey Mosley), Johnson City, Kara Cloyd (Josh), Jonesborough, Mandi Collier, and Morgan Tipton; great-grandchildren, Jude Cloyd, Asher Collier, Malia McFarland, and Major Tipton; and several nieces and nephews.
Inurnment services will be conducted  3:00 PM, Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Mt. Wesley Cemetery with Pastor Luther Sullins officiating.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Lakebridge Healthcare Center for their loving care.
Condolences may be sent to the Brackins family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821

Juanita Ruetz

Juanita Ruetz

Juanita Ruetz

JONESBOROUGH – Juanita Ruetz went home to glory on the Lord’s Day, Feb. 28, 2016.
A daughter of Spencer and Minnie Greene Potter, she was born in their two-room house on June 7, 1932. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Gerhard G. Ruetz; her beloved uncle and aunt, Roscoe and Ina Mae Potter; and an infant sister, Dorthey Ann.
An honors graduate of Jonesboro High School and East Tennessee State College, she studied under Mrs. Jess Patton Hayworth, Robert Dix Lincoln, and Paul Salamunovich, among others. From a humorous and memorable experience with Salamunovich, and the legendary Robert Shaw, she often reminded her students that they must try a little harder, as “God has perfect pitch.”
A longtime member of King Springs Church of Christ, Mrs. Ruetz was baptized into the Lord’s church at age 11, and remained faithful throughout her life.
Her Aunt Mae taught her how to play the piano at age 5. She excelled and, despite her youth, soon was in demand as an accompanist in churches and the Washington County Singing Convention.

For nearly 50 years, Mrs. Ruetz taught piano and choral music, both privately and in the public school systems of Norfolk, Va.; Johnson City; and Washington County. As a private teacher, her Hayworth Music Club was com-prised of some of the area’s finest young piano students.
Mrs. Ruetz was twice selected for “Outstanding Young Women of the Year,” and Who’s Who Among American College Students. She was a longtime member of Who’s Who in American High Schools and Universities. With-in two classes of finishing her master’s degree in library science, she talked of living the “quiet life” of a librarian. That notion died for lack of a second.
She was a former member of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra board of directors, and that of the Eller
Family Association. She was a former member, and always affectionate toward Jonesborough’s charming Schu-bert Club, and after retirement she greatly enjoyed membership in the Johnson City Monday Club/GFWC, for which she helped organize music and visiting performers for several years.
In 1967, encouraged by her aunt, and then-Johnson City Mayor May Ross McDowell, she formed a Washing-ton County group that eventually became the Tennessee Singing Republicans. With the active support (iron will) of Mayor McDowell, then-Congressman James H. “Jimmy” Quillen, and then-U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., that 40-member ensemble would become the first non-professional group to perform at a national political con-vention.
In 1969, along with her adored friend and collaborator Shirley Ann Chinouth, she organized the Johnson City Centennial Singers, and the year spent performing around the region in honor of the city’s 100th birthday with her beloved singing friends was one of her most cherished memories.
Groups under her direction performed from the Watauga Academy reunion in Butler to the World’s Fair in Knoxville. Selected as Friendship Ambassadors by the Reader’s Digest/DeWitt Wallace Foundation, she led a group of students on a 15-day performance tour throughout Spain.
Mrs. Ruetz directed the music for several productions at the Johnson City Community Theater beginning about 1965. She was a charter member of the Jonesborough Repertory Theater, and organized a large choral group which traveled to Nashville to perform This Then is Tennessee, the theater’s first production, for Statehood Days in 1970.She directed the music for the 90-member cast of Toward The Setting Sun, a local production that helped revive the JRT in 2001.
In retirement, she became a mother once more – to the vast family of friends who gathered each summer at Syc-amore Shoals State Historic Area to produce Liberty!, Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama. For 13 years, she worked tirelessly as the one-woman team of researcher, musical, blocking and script consultant, promoter and “No. 1 Fan.”
Survivors include her daughter, Damaris Ruetz, of Franklin; her son, Jon Ruetz, of Jonesborough; several cous-ins, including Margaret Anne Berry, Dr. Joyce Potter, Gary Potter, Ronnie Potter, Gina Delaney, Susan Potter, Sharon Bowers, Mickey Deason, Janet G. McKee, Alpha Bridger, Lowell Greene, Steve Greene, Rick Storey, Eli-jah Berry and Marlee Berry; and her lifelong friends she considered to be sisters, Elizabeth Maden and Joyce Dean Garrison. Her treasured, eternally loyal dog, Casey, also mourns her passing.
A celebration of the life of Juanita Ruetz will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Highway 11-E in Jonesborough. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service, officiat-ed by Bro. Bill Manuel. Former students and friends will perform music, accompanied by Dr. Sharon Rush.
Pallbearers – who loved, cared for and honored her in life – will include: Tony Maden; Chris Webb, Shawn Grif-fith; Craig Ford; Scott Pratt; Dr. Ken Turner Sr.; Kathy Torgerson; Lise Cutshaw; Brian Ponder; Hon. Don Squibb; Parise Griffith; and Hon. Matthew Hill.The list of honorary pallbearers is a roll of honor – and only a partial one – of her unforgettable students and friends, recipients of her boundless love who brightened and enriched the rhythm of her life. It includes: her be-loved brothers and sisters from King Springs Church of Christ: Bill and Alma Carter; Norman Simerly; Sheila Wood; Mike and Sue Hubbard; Winfred and Jane Sluder; Helen Hughes; Penny Townsend; Jean May; Joyce Jones; Jim “Jim Bo” Little; Brandon Maddox; Samantha Maddox; Malachi Paloian; Leonard and Mary Johnson; and Ken and Anita Worley; and dear ones always in her memories, thoughts and prayers, including: Bill Beals; Clyde Garrison; J. Craig Orfield; Bo Deaton; Frank Knisley; Dr. Thomas Jenrette; Robert Dix Lincoln; Hobart Powell; Robert Murray; Mattie Mullins; Andrew Mullins; Becky Starnes; Sanda Salts; Artavan Hart; Claude
“Cosmo” Griffith; John Judd; Karen Judd; Randy Hilbert; Rodney Metcalf; Logan Metcalf; Angie Metcalf; Ger-ald McInturff; Janet G. McKee; Maybell Stewart; Martha Reed; Joel Blake; Todd Essig; Billie Ann Rogers; Ly-nette Poe; Mary Manuel; Deborah Lowery; Jean Campbell; Christine Keys; Elizabeth Smith; Mark Smith; Phyllis Fox; Becky McNeese; Patricia Ivens; Mike Ivens; Greg Ivens; Brad Ivens; Donna Saylor; Brenda Vaughn; Sara Davis; Jon Etter; Caroline May; Mike May; Kathryn May; Robert M. May II; Anita Miller; Jeana MacGregor; Thomas Ervin; Bobbye Webb; Linda Cookenhour; Fred Goodwin; Jack Leonard; Sarah Vaughn; Susan Painter; Johnny Painter; Howard Alexander; Brian Fritts; Steve Fritts; Wenny Elrod; Charles Locke; Phil Groos; LeAnn Simmerman; Laura Evans; Karen Chraska; Debbie Thomas; LuAnn Davenport; Brian Scott; Laura Fleming; Sherri Renfro; Karen Ramsey; Vince Walters; Eric Rowe; Jon Rogers; Tom Madison; Mike Bates; Joe May; Josh Grizzle; Gina Grizzle; Terry Austin; Teresa Hensley; Alan Campbell; Rick Chinouth; Josephine Hemphill; Jenni-fer Price; Peggy Wright; Tim Wright; Liz McCoy; Lori Krigbaum; Nathan Wilson; David Decker; Tim Decker; Richard Antone; Barbara Elliott; Penny Lowe; Lisa Bennett; Ouita Lands; Sharon Bennett; Tammy Reed; Phil Harris; Kristi Waddle; Tina Whitson; Adrienne Weaver; Lisa Childers; Carole Campbell-Smith; Santo Cicerello; Sal Cicerello; David Cicerello; Susan Jacobs; Kathy Whitson; Dr. Richard W. Phillips; Lucy Phillips; Dr. James R. Pierce; Jane Gray Collier; Glen Rose; John Rose; Wes Ford; Artie Edwards; Thelma Crumley; Dr. Roberta Herrin; Mike Grumka; Ron Dykes; Henry Scott; Hon. Jimmy Neil Smith; Ann Hodge; “Lightnin’ Charlie” Dolin-ger; Terri Bowling; Eugenia Bowling; David Arney; Tammy Allen; Cole Allen; Effie Barnett; Martha Keplinger; Shirley Barwick; Dr. Elizabeth Bailey; Dr. Wilene Paxton; Mike Carson; Danny Reece; Diana O’Neal; Russell Jackson; Kevin Vines; Sandy Smith; Marty Henley; Sara Riddle; Ellen Huffine; Tom Riddle; Rick Beeson; Bruce Lynch; Dena Hensley; Vicki Boyd; Mary Nell McIntyre; Kim Faulkner; Chris Hilemon; Cassandra Scott; Brian Garland; Steven Pruitt; Melanie Moore; Ambers Wilson; Herb Roberts; Jennifer Bauer; Michael Barnett; Dr. Paul Gabinet; Hon. Ginger Jilton; Hon. Don Arnold; Hon. Timothy Hill; Hon. Micah Van Huss; Hon. John Rambo; Michael Hartman; Harriet Carr; Butch Carr; Lauretta Greene; Sharon Nourse; and John Seward Jr.
We humbly offer heartfelt gratitude to the nurses on the 5500 block of Johnson City Medical Center, who fought for her life for 28 days, and saved it; the nurses and therapists at NHC, who made it possible for her to rise up and go back home; the staff of Amedysis Home Health, especially Laurie and Amy; Dr. Ellen Nave and her staff; Dr. Melanie Davidson and Dr. Jeff Schoondyke and the staff at Karing Hearts; Dr. Allyson Bohlman and the staff at TrueLight Eye Care; and her buddy, Dr. Randy Moze.
The list of “Momma Rue’s kids” is innumerable. If she touched your life, you are warmly invited to join in, and honor her last earthly journey, when her remains will be brought to the hilltop of her family’s farm that was donat-ed almost a century ago for Highland Church of Christ Cemetery on Highland Church Road. The graveside serv-ice will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., and will also be officiated by Bro. Manuel.
Momma was a loving and giving person. Though of modest means, throughout her life she tried to help others as much as she could. She was deeply concerned about the plight of abused and endangered women. She donated to and helped raise money for the Shepherd’s Inn, P.O. Box 2214, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
She loved our veterans, working to support and assist them throughout her life, especially through the Lend
Lease (US) Community Fund, 1801 West End Ave., Suite 1700, Nashville, TN 37203 (an organization dedicated to supporting our military families).
She worried about the needy and impoverished, and donated to and helped raise money for Good Samaritan Ministries, 100 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601.
And her heart was touched by saving the elephants. She donated to The Elephant Sanctuary, 27 E. Main St.,
P.O. Box 393, Hohenwald, TN 38462 (

Condolences may be sent to the Ruetz family online at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821

Raymond Dawson Miller

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
Raymond Dawson Miller, 87, formerly of Mill Springs Road in Jonesborough, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at NHC Healthcare Center of Johnson City after a lengthy illness.
Dawson was a Jonesborough native, the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Weeks Miller. He was preceded in death by one son, Alan Dawson Miller; two sisters, Louise Wine and Lorraine Brumit; and one brother, Norman Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dean Morris Miller. He is also survived by two sons, Louis Miller and wife Danette and Todd Miller and wife Cassandra; daughter-in-law, Debbie Miller; granddaughters Makalah Garland and husband Travis, and Makenzie Miller; grandsons Alan Miller and wife Kimberly and Bradley Miller and wife Jessica; three great-grandchildren, Amber, Zoey and Memphis Miller; brother-in-law, Sonny Kiser; sister-in-law, Wyona Miller; and several nieces and nephews.
Dawson was a longtime, faithful member of Jonesborough United Methodist Church where he had been Chairman of the Board, trustee and on several committees over the years. He was one of the founding members of the Open Door Sunday School Class. For many years, he drove his tractor to town to scrape snow from the parking lots of the church. He also volunteered to help build Buffalo Mountain Camp.
He was a dairy farmer all his life and a member of the American Dairy Association and the Farm Bureau. When he was young, he was a member of the Young Farmers and Homemakers Club. The year he was president of the club, he attended a week-long convention in West Tennessee where he met his wife, Dean. He enjoyed square dancing for several years. He was special friends with the late Luther Shanks and his wife Esther.
Raymond had a caring, sweet spirit. He would help anyone in need.
He never met a dog that didn’t love him. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by many people.
Funeral services for Raymond Dawson Miller will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Dillow Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. with the funeral service following at 2 pm. Rev. Kenneth Grindstaff will be in charge of the service. Music will be conducted under the direction of Doyle Walters. The graveside service will be at Monte Vista Cemetery in Johnson City immediately following the funeral. Pall bearers will be Tommy Hilbert, Stephen Wine, Bruce Wine, Gary Walters, Doyle Walters, and Ralph Slagle.
The family would like to thank the staff of NHC Healthcare Center, Station 2, and Brookdale Senior Living for their loving care.

Richard E. Quine

Richard E. (Dick) Quine, age 77, went to his eternal home July 11, 2015, at Franklin Woods Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn.
Born in Peoria, Ill., Dick lived a life filled with opportunity, challenge and change. He began his career at LeTourneau-Westinghouse in Peoria prior to graduation from Bradley University. In 1968, he accepted a position with Terex Division of General Motors, taking him to Hudson, Ohio. Subsequent advancements, opportunities and challenges prompted moves to N.J. (Towaco), Md. (Severna Park), N.C. (Raleigh), Ohio (Hudson), Md. (Eldersburg), Tenn. (Jonesborough), Ohio (Chardon), N.H. (Milford), and upon retirement, back to Tenn. (Telford) in 2005.
As a previous member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Jonesborough, he served as Treasurer of the Men’s Group from 2011 to 2014, Church Treasurer from 2013 to 2014, taught a weekly carving group, and sang in the choir. More recently, he served as Deacon/Treasurer of Word Fellowship, Gray, and sang regularly in a Praise Team. He also organized and hosted a weekly carving group at the Jonesborough, TN Senior Center, moving the group later to his home. Dick was an avid fisherman, to be found often at Wilbur Dam or South Holston River near the weir dam.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Janet of 56 years; daughter Rebecca (Jonathan) Swerdloff of Davidsonville, Md., daughter Brenda (Jeffrey) Heintzelman of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and son Richard Quine, Jr. of Chardon, Ohio; grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan) Lowe, Cale Heintzelman, Sarah Swerdloff, Lee (Ruby) Heintzelman, and Zachary Swerdloff; great-granddaughters Aubrey and Rebecca Lowe, sister Judith (Terry) Cole of Phoenix, Ariz., sister-in-law Suzanne Burrows and niece Karen Burrows.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Quine, his father, George Quine, and his mother Geraldine Quine.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Word Fellowship, Gray, 225 Suncrest St., Gray, TN, followed by a brief Celebration of Life service conducted by John Hitechew, Pastor.
In lieu of flowers, the family has encouraged contributions to Word Fellowship, Gray, P.O. Box 8263, Johnson City, TN 37615-3499. Condolences may be sent to the Quine family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 423-753-3821

Reverend Burgess Shelton

Reverend Burgess Shelton, age 84, 165 Roy Phillips Road, Jonesborough, went home to be with the Lord at 5:00 a.m. Friday December 27, 2013, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital.
Burgess was born September 25, 1929 in Unicoi County, a son of the late Andrew and Sarah Ray Shelton. He lived much of his life in Western North Carolina and was a well known minister in both Western North Carolina and Unicoi County, serving several missionary Baptist churches in both areas. In addition to pastoring several churches he also worked for Mars Hill College, East Tennessee State University, and taught Culinary Arts for the Job Corps in Franklin, North Carolina.
Burgess was a proud veteran serving with the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1945. He then joined the United States Army where he served from 1946 to 1953.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Aliene Grace Norton Shelton; an infant son, Tommy Drexel Shelton; two grandchildren: Michael Shelton and Treasa Shelton Feldman; four brothers: Stanford Shelton, Emmett Shelton, Dorsey Shelton and Jack Shelton; one sister, Rosa Shelton Harris.
He is survived by three sons: Allen Vance Shelton and wife, Angie, Lakeland, Florida, Mark Andrew Shelton and wife, Kathy, Jonesborough, Jerry Lynn Shelton and wife, Debbie, Burnsville, North Carolina; two daughters: Sarah Margaret Watts, Jonesborough and Shelia Naomi Tilson, Burnsville, North Carolina; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and special friends: Rena Cutshall and Denise Clay, both of Jonesborough. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice for their love, care and consideration.
Funeral service for Burgess was held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2013, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Winfred Shelton and Chaplain Anna Butler officiated. Special music was be provided by Reverend Winfred Shelton and Inez Chandler.
The family received friends prior to the service, and at other times at the home of his daughter, Sarah Margaret Watts, 165 Roy Phillips Road, Jonesborough.
The committal service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2013, in Clouse Cemetery, Flag Pond. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Shelton family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home & Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Shelton family. (423) 743-1380.

Catherine Ferguson Hulse

Mrs. Catherine Ferguson Hulse, age 100, finished her celebration in this life on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the Franklin Woods Community Hospital to begin a new celebration.
Mrs. Hulse was born in Washington County and was the daughter of the late Charles & Etsel Miles Ferguson. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Beryl A. Hulse; brother, Summer Ferguson; and a granddaughter, Robin Casey Hyatt.
She was an active lifetime member of Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hulse was a 25-year active member of the Conklin Ruritan Club and was honored by Ruritan National on her 100th birthday for her years of community service.
She was an avid Atlanta Braves and NASCAR fan, affectionately known as “Granny Bandit,” a nickname given to her by Harry Gant. She also enjoyed a good Western on TV.
Survivors include her daughter, Anna Hulse Casey Wooden, Jonesborough; granddaughter, Starlene Casey, Lawrenceville, GA; great-grandsons, Daniel Casey, Jonesborough, Ben, Nick and Zack Hyatt, all of Greeneville; great-great granddaughter, Sadie Hyatt, Greeneville; sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann McKee Ferguson, Jonesborough, and Louise Hulse, Johnson City; special cousins, Keith Pierce, Don Miles, Marie Reeves, Evelyn Miller and Phyllis Croyle; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Dolene Barnes and the Barnes family, Bill & Kathryn Slemons, Jane Wright, Jane Dillow, Clyde & Martha Tipton and Darrell & Sandra Rowe.
Funeral services were conducted 11:00 AM Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeremy Dykes and Rev. Jeff Tallent officiating. Music was provided by Paul Masters and Sharon Lewis.
Interment followed at Mt. Wesley Cemetery. Pallbearers included Charles Ferguson, Chip Green, Robbie Waddle, Hunter Waddle, Alan Jackson, Charles Estep, Brownie King and Paul Lewis.
Condolences may be sent to the Hulse family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821.

Walter A. Scott

Mr. Walter A. Scott, age 87, Johnson City, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Scott lived most of his life in Columbus, Ohio, until recently moving to Johnson City.
Mr. Scott was born in Vinton, Ohio, and is the son of the late Walter Neal & Ethel Marie Amos Scott. He was also preceded in death by one brother.
He was a member of the Church of the Messiah UMC in Westerville, Ohio.
Mr. Scott retired after 38 years of service with Universal Concrete Products in Columbus, Ohio.
He enjoyed square dancing and round dancing.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hoff Scott, Johnson City; two daughters, Susan Ehlschlager and husband Larry and Sharon Watson; son, Wade Scott and wife Carol; grandchildren, Brian & Trina Ehlschlager, Connie & Richard Ballard, Sarah Watson, James Watson, Ericia & Steve Sauer, Scott Watson, Kathline Scott, Jennifer Scott and Kelly Scott; great-grandchildren, Emilie Ballard, Drew Ballard, Chase Ballard, Scott Ehlschlager, Brayden Ehlschlager and Kaine Watson.
The family of Mr. Scott would like to thank the nurses and staff of the 5200 wing of Johnson City Medical Center for their loving care.
Memorial services will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Chaplain Jeff McNabb officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Scott family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821.

Jim Wesley Poland

Jim Wesley Poland, 66, Telford, TN, went to be with the Lord, Monday, December 2, 2013 surrounded by his family, at the Shepherd Brain and SpineCenter, Atlanta, GA, after complications resulting from an injury suffered in April.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was raised in Houston, TX, son of Chuck & Stella Poland, Carmel, CA. Jim graduated from Lamar High School in 1965 and received a BA in Business and Accounting from The University of Texas, Austin in 1969. He married Linda Poland of Miami, FL in 1972 and they spent a majority of their life in Telford, TN.
He was an active member of Jonesborough United Methodist Church, where he joined together with other strong men to start the group Iron Sharpens Iron. He was a Stephen Minister and active in the Emmaus Community.
He was a manufacture’s representative for Certified Laboratories, a subsidiary of NCH Corporation, serving the region for over 30 years.
Jim is survived by: his wife of 42 years, Linda Poland; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn & Neil Higginbotham; daughter and son-in-law, Alyssa Poland and Robert Garlit and granddaughter, Hannah Joy; his mother Stella Poland; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill & Mary Poland, and nephew Stratton Poland; sisters-in-law Charlene Holt and Sheila Sheppherd; four nieces, Dana Holton, Stephanie Riley, Nina Daniel, Kelly Barrigar; two great nephews; one great niece;  one great-great nephew; and two godsons.
Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and godfather. He loved his country and community and will be missed.
A visitation will be held at Jonesborough United Methodist Church at 1:30 PM followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Shepherd Center 2020Peachtree Rd. NWAtlanta, GA 30309, 404-352-2020 or
Condolences may be sent to the Poland family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821

Edith Taylor

Mrs. Edith Juanita Taylor, age 80, Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Holston Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Taylor was a native of Washington County and daughter of the late Jessie & Nora Gross Freeman.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Taylor was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Taylor, Sr., three brothers and two sisters.
She was a member of McKinley Memorial Bible Church. Survivors include one son, Ralph Taylor, Jr. (Mary Bond) Jonesborough; daughter, Susan Shell (Steve), Jonesborough; granddaughter, Tabitha Murr (Marty); great-grandson, Alex Rudd; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Lenny Smith officiating.
Interment services followed at EdenCemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Torbett, Harold Dickerson, Larry Shrader, Earl Odom, Marty Murr and O.B. Foster.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Northeast Tennessee Chapter 207 N. Boone Street Suite 1500 Johnson City, TN 37604.
Condolences may be sent to the Taylor family online at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821

Beulah Maloney

Mrs. Beulah M. Maloney, 95, Telford, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 with her family at her bedside.
She was a native of Cocke County, the daughter of the late James (JG) Garfield and Cora Mae Sisk Ottinger. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Max Maloney, five brothers, Forrest Ottinger, Curtis Ottinger, Glenn Ottinger, James Ottinger, and two sisters Pauline Ottinger, and Nina Fullington.
Mrs. Maloney was retired from Burlington Industries. She was one of the oldest members of Telford United Methodist Church. She was very active in her community with clubs, hobbies and friends.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law Vonda Wilhoit, Texas, and Jennie Ottinger, Johnson City, an Aunt, Cloella Sisk, Walland, Tenn., many nieces and nephews, her care-givers great niece and nephew, Melissa and Todd Green of Newport Tenn. and many friends of the Telford Community.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Maloney will be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ken Lytton, and Pastor Mike Vaughn officiating.
The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment services will follow the funeral in the Telford United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Condolences may be sent at

Leonard Stoots

Mr. Leonard C. Stoots, 85, of Jonesborough, passed into heaven’s gates to reunite with his wife, Mildred, on Saturday, October 26, 2013, surrounded by his family, at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was a son of the late William & Rose Nelson Stoots. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mildred Guinn Stoots; three brothers, Joe, Marlyn and Virgil Stoots; and a sister, Bertha Stoots.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was a member of Cherokee Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school teacher and softball coach.
He was a member of the Limestone Lodge chapter 21 F & AM for 50 years. He retired as a Supervisor from the City of Johnson City.
He is survived by five sons, Bob Stoots (Pam), Bill Stoots, Benny Stoots (Rita), Bryan Stoots (Teresa), and Barry Stoots (Shona); three daughters, Beverly Thomas, Barbara Gamble (Patton), Benita Ford (Craig); twelve grandchildren, Shelley, Allison (Aaron), Chasity, Jaime (Stephen), Ben (Natasha), Keith, Amy (Jonathan), Katie, Zach, Bryce, Taylor and Aaron; six great grandchildren, Keri, Cole, Grayson, Brayden, Brandon and Brasen; sister, Eva Carey; two brothers, James Stoots (Betty) and Robert Stoots.
Funeral services for Mr. Leonard C. Stoots were conducted Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael McCloud officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Cherokee Baptist Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be sons. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
The family would like to thank the Johnson City Medical Center and the nursing staff of 6300 and 2600, NHC of Johnson City, Amedisys, the doctors of Internal Medicine, Dr. Enck, and Dr. Rebecca Copeland for their loving care of our father.
Memorial donations may be made to Cherokee Baptist Church Cemetery, 143 Mayberry Rd., Jonesborough, TN 37659.
Condolences may be sent at

Shirley Ferguson

Shirley J. Shelton Ferguson, 64, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, October 18, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.
Born in Buncombe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Tilda Marie Shelton.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She retired as a regional operations manager for SunTrust Bank after 40 years of service.
She loved being a Mamaw to her grandchildren, whom she adored, spending time with family, helping others and Southern gospel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, O.V. Shelton, Gay Shelton, Ray Shelton, Estes Shelton, Bobby Shelton and Billy Shelton; and one sister, Glenna Riddle.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Ronnie Ferguson; two daughters, Tammy Jones and husband, Steve, of Kingsport, and Sandy Donaldson and husband, Tom, of Knoxville, TN; one son, Randal Ferguson and wife, Brooke, of Yuma, AZ; grandchildren, Caitlyn Jones, Jacob Donaldson, Grace Donaldson and Greyson Ferguson; two sisters, Doris Ann Hendrix, of Johnson City, and Mary Joyce Cummings, of Port St. Lucie, FL; two brothers, Ted Shelton, of Johnson City, and Guy Shelton, of Detroit, MI; several nieces and nephews also survive.
A Celebration of Life Service was held for Mrs. Ferguson on Monday, October 21, 2013, at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City. A Graveside Service was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Jonesborough, TN.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at Arrangements for the Ferguson family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171

Charles Lowe

Mr. Charles Smith Lowe, age 84, Jonesborough, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Lowe was a native of Washington County and son of the late Lawson & Mary Ena Morley Lowe. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lowe was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, Pruitt Lowe, Reba Pangle, Inez Henry, Albert Lowe, Alberta Miller, Mary Sue Murray and Gale Lowe.
He was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
Mr. Lowe was past Director of Washington County Farm Bureau and Washington County Co-op. He was a Dairyman and had worked for East Tennessee Select Sires and bred dairy cattle for 40 years.
Charlie, as he was known to his friends, was an avid hunter, enjoying deer and quail hunting. His hobbies including raising cochin chickens and quail. Charlie loved the outdoors, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Roxana Sliger Lowe, Jonesborough; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick & Peggy Lowe, Johnson City, and Bob & Karen Lowe, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Jessica Leu (David), Matt Lowe (Lindy), Miranda Caldwell (Shane), Derrick Lowe, Sarah Banner (Dom), Shaun Whaley (Stephanie), Andi Whaley and Ashlee Whaley; great-grandchildren, Emmarae Bradley, Amaris Bradley, Lennox Banner, Luke Lowe, Maggie Lowe, Levi Leu, Delaney Leu and Eva Caldwell; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack & Betty Lowe, Johnson City, and Lawson W. Jr. & Ethel Lowe, Knoxville; special caregiver and friend, Joey Hankins.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Interment services were conducted Monday, October 21, 2013, at Onks Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Matt Lowe, Derrick Lowe, Dom Banner, Shaun Whaley, David Leu, Shane Caldwell, Nick Hubler and Steven Dernovshek. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Lowe, Kenny Rawles, Lawton Saylor and Butch Carmichael.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Onks Cemetery Fund, c/o Vera Lowe, 4141 Old Jonesborough Rd., Jonesborough, TN 37659.
Condolences may be sent to the Lowe family online at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821

Anthony Oscar

Anthony Delaine “Drill Bit” Oscar, 39, of Jonesborough, TN, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Asbury Place in Johnson City, TN.
Anthony made his career as a truck driver in the transportation industry and was of Baptist faith.
He is survived by (Daughter) Sierra Oscar, of Erwin, TN; (Parents) Delmar (Debbie) Oscar, of Harrisburg, VA, & Susan (Joe) Cole, of Johnson City, TN; (Brothers) Jerry Bowling (Sally) of IN, DeWayne Oscar (Darlene), of Erwin, TN & Daniel Oscar (Abbie), of Harrisburg, VA; (Sisters) Kristen (Ben) Irby, of IN, Katrina Ray, of VA & Melissa Oscar, of VA; (Very Special Friend), Cliff Barnes, of Jonesborough, TN; Host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Family and Friends. Special thanks to Lester and Patricia Rogers.
A graveside service was conducted Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Bumpass Cove Cemetery under the direction of Rev. Rick Chapman.
Online condolences are available at Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN.

Paul F. Stover

Paul F. Stover, 87, Jonesborough, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born September 25, 1926 to the late Fred and Amy Stover. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Gene Stover.
Paul loved singing gospel music, farming, and being surrounded by his family.
He was a member of Highland Church of Christ.
Mr. Stover retired from Green Valley Developmental Center in 1997. He was most recently employed by Morris-Baker Funeral Home.
Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Joy Campbell Stover; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Rodney Thomas; a daughter-in-law, Jill Stover; five grandchildren, Becky Welch (Mark), Sharon Hall (Robert), Beth Bader (Ryan), Chad Thomas (Casey), Aimee Cantadore (Frankie); ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several cousins.
The funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 10, at Morris Baker Funeral Home with Mr. Byron Paddock, Minister officiating. Pallbearers were Frankie Cantadore, Earl Anderson, J. D. Hensley, Chad Thomas, Robert Hall, Dean Crumley, Ryan Bader, and Mark Welch. Special music was provided by Casey Thomas. Graveside services were conducted Friday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Highland Church of Christ Building Fund, 485 Highland Church Road, Gray, TN 37615.
Memories and condolences may be shared at Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City. (423) 282-1521