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John Clifton O’Brien

“A Country Boy Gone Home” to rejoice with His Lord and Savior. John Clifton O’Brien, 74, formerly of John Sevier Center, Johnson City, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Johnson City after a brief illness. He loved his Lord, his church and his family and friends.

Mr. O’Brien was the son of the late Eugene and Eva Kyker O’Brien. He was born on June 27, 1946. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Stout and three brothers, Wayne O’Brien, Kenneth O’Brien and Preston O’Brien.
Survivors include his brothers David (Mary Kaye) O’Brien of Jonesborough and Richard (Tammye) O’Brien of Douglasville, Georgia. His sisters Shirley (Lester) Lunceford of Hampton, Sharon Rice of Telford, Sherry (Bobby) Potter of Elizabethton and Carlene Duncan of Jonesborough. His aunts Letha Grogg and Patricia (Prissy) Slagle both of Johnson City. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. O’Brien was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Jonesborough and attended the Embreville Church of Christ. He was a graduate of Washington College Academy, a charter member of Washington College Ruritan Club and was retired from Leon-Farenbach.

Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 pm Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Sunday prior to the service. The family will receive friends at other times at the home of his brother, David, 101 Beartrack Road, Jonesborough. Family request everyone wear a mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 am Monday, July 6, 2020 at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

In lieu of flowers requests memorials be made to: Embreville Church of Christ Youth Program, 4343 Highway 81 South, Erwin. TN 37650 and/or Mt. Zion Church Cemetery Fund, 284 Mount Zion Church Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659.
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Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821