Elmer 'Sonny' Leland Smith
Died: Feb 20, 2018
Elmer ‘Sonny’ Leland Smith, 81, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Elmer ‘Sonny’ Leland Smith, 81, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
A native of Sullivan County, Mr. Smith had resided in Kingsport most of his life. He retired from Tennessee Eastman Company in 1990 after 31 years of service and continued his employment at Fiber Innovation Technology for 15 years. A veteran of the US Air Force Elmer was a member of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed golfing, playing his harmonica and woodworking. Elmer adored and dearly loved his 5 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, Audie Leland and Katherine Lee Smith and a sister Peggy Smith Upchurch.
Surviving include his wife of 58 years Katherine Depew Smith, of the home; son, David Smith and wife Angela of Knoxville; daughter, Lisa Smith Rice and husband Matt of Jonesborough; grandchildren, Dustin Smith, Nicholas Smith, Chloe Smith, Jesse Rice and Dalton Rice; several nieces and nephews
Family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held in the church sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Jody Jenkins and Dr. Gene Lasley officiating.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post#265, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, at East Tennessee Cemetery.
Gray Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith Family.
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Eula Mae Stapleton
Died: Feb 15, 2018
On February 15, 2018 at 3:02 a.m. Heavens gates opened to receive an earthly angel, Eula Mae Stapleton 63 of Kingsport. Heavens gain, earths loss, Eula is now eternally united with her loving son and family that has gone on before her.
Born in Sullivan County Eula had resided most of her life in Washington County. She was the owner/operator of Cake Specialist in Gray, had worked at Food City and Ingles Bakery, drove for Washington Co. School System, and was a paralegal for Thomas McKinney. A past PTA president at Gray Elementary School Eula worked the concession stand for little leagues for 15 years. Eula was a member of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by her son Andy Wade Stapleton – 1996; sister Evelyn Douglas; brother Granville Crawford.
Surviving include her husband of 44 years Kenneth E. Stapleton, of the home; sister in law, Cindy Stapleton Carver of Mt Carmel.
Family will receive friends Sunday from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. Danny Maness officiating and eulogy given by Kenneth Stapleton.
Entombment will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Smokey Mountain Hospice 106 Ferrell Ave. Suite 1 Kingsport, TN. 37663.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Smokey Mountain Hospice for the care and love given during this time.
Gray Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stapleton Family.
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Katheryn Hattie Wines
Died: Jan 14, 2018
Katheryn Hattie Wines, 93, of Sulphur Springs went to be the Lord Sunday, January 14, 2018.
Born in Greene County, Mrs. Wines had lived most of her life in Sulphur Springs. Katheryn worked in food service having been employed at several local restaurants and Washington County School System. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother she was a good seamstress who loved to read in addition to being a good cook. Katheryn was of the Baptist faith.
Preceded in death by her husband Jay Wines -1980; parents Ernest and Mattie Miller; son Jay Wines Jr.; grandson Scott Langley.
Surviving include her sons, Dickie Wines of Jonesborough, Randall Wines and wife Tammy of Jonesborough; daughters, Janet Binney and husband Clete of Phoenix, AZ. , Jeni Wines of Columbia, S.C., Pat Stephens and husband Randy of Rex, GA., Cathy Bryson of Stockbridge, GA.; loving daughter-in-law Ida Steger; special caregiver Laura Tester, twenty five grandchildren, forty nine great grandchildren, seventeen great great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Gray Funeral Home with Dr. Gene Lasley and Dr. Jody Jenkins officiating. Graveside services to follow at East Tennessee Cemetery.
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Mary Frances Garst
Died: Jan 11, 2018
Mary Francis Garst ,78, of Telford, went to be with the Lord January 11, 2018.
Born in Bard, California Mrs. Garst had lived in Telford since 1983. Mary worked as a security guard for 22 years at Vesuvius Security in Erwin. An avid donor to several charities including St. Judes , Mary was of the Baptist faith.
Preceded in death by her husband Clarence Garst-2006; parents Edgar and Iona Rutledge; daughter Nancy Timbs; six brothers and sisters.
Surviving include her son Clarence Garst Jr. and wife Wanda; daughters, Deborah Kestner of Limestone, Betty Lautzenheiser and husband Randy of Apache Junction, Arizona; three sisters; ten grandchildren including Joey Matthews; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Monday at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Dave Huber officiating
Graveside services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at VA National Cemetery in Mountain Home with Chaplain Dave Huber officiating.
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Betty L. Taylor
Died: Jan 6, 2018
Betty L. Fincher Taylor 83 of Johnson City went to be with the Lord Saturday January 6, 2018.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of Christ Cemetery, on Fordtown Road, with Rev. Clayton Russell officiating.
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Joseph Wayne Smiley
Died: Jan 6, 2018
Joseph Wayne Smiley 70, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord Saturday January 6, 2018.
Born in Bristol Virginia Mr. Smiley had lived most of his life in the Tri-Cities. A graduate of East Tennessee State University Joseph was a veteran of the US Army having served in the Vietnam War. He was an avid golfer and a member of The Fraternal Order of the Eagles where he enjoyed spending time with his friends.
Preceded in death by his parents James and Cleva Smiley.
Surviving include his son, David E. Smiley of Knoxville; sister, Barbara Smiley of Crozier, VA.; brother, James K. Smiley and wife Babbs of Bristol VA.; grandsons, Jacob and Nicklaus Smiley; nephews Kenneth, Grant and Christopher Smiley.
Family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jeremy Dykes officiating.
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Billy Richard Ford
Died: Jan 6, 2018
Billy Richard Ford 71 of Johnson city went to be with the Lord, Saturday January 6,2018. A native of Johnson City Mr. Ford had lived in Gray before returning to Johnson City six years ago.
Billy was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed carving crafts, such as wooden crosses and knives, out of cedar.
Interment will be in Gray Cemetery.
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James (Jim) H. Reynolds
Died: Dec 30, 2017
James (Jim) H. Reynolds passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon December 30, 2017 at Dominion Senior Living in Johnson City, TN.
Jim was born and raised in Key, OH. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University. After serving in the US Air Force as a Laboratory Officer for a hospital in Topeka, KS, he returned to Ohio and settled in Hilliard where he worked at and later acquired Wilbarger’s Pharmacy. Upon selling the pharmacy, Jim went to work for the Veterans Administration as a pharmacist until retirement as Chief of Pharmacy at the VA in Martinsburg, WV. Jim and his wife traveled around the world while working at the pharmacy. Jim was a member of Gray United Methodist Church and a devout Christian, he loved fishing, sports, gardening and flowers (gladioli were his favorite). Many were blessed by his big and generous heart.
Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife Carol of 58 years, his parents Fred and Wilma, brother, Freddie Rae Reynolds Jr., and sister, Alice Jeannette Hyde.
Jim is survived by his sons, Steven Reynolds, Brian Reynolds and wife Janet, Mark Reynolds; daughter, Elaine Wade and husband Shelton; sister, Audrey Lowman and husband Frank; grandchildren, Tiffany Bakich, Stephanie Jones and husband Jeramie, Amy Kiger and husband Kris, Jennifer Hines and husband Wes; two great grandsons and one great granddaughter.
Family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Gray United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary with Rev. Dr. Dennis Flaugher and Rev. Amy Holmes officiating.
Private Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the entire staff at the Dominion Senior Living Center and the staff and nurses of the VA of Mountain Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gray United Methodist Church, Gray, TN.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.



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Blanche Virginia McCray
Died: Dec 25, 2017
Blanche V. McCray, 92, of Gray went to be with the Lord Monday December 25, 2017.
A native of Washington County Mrs. McCray had lived most of her life in Gray. Blanche was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who loved everyone and touché a lot of lifes . A homemaker who loved to crochet, she was a member of Hales Chapel Christian Church.
Preceded in death by her husband, Guy McCray, parents, George and Bessie Sells, fifteen brothers and sisters and two grandsons Guy Edward McCray III and Steven Hale.
Surviving include her daughters, Mary Jane McCray of Gray, Myra Joyce Cox and husband Carson of Telford, Virginia Hernandez and husband Hector of Gray, son, Guy E. McCray Jr. and wife Lisa of Gray, sister, Lucille Wallace and husband Gene of Fall Branch, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Brother Calvin McCray and Brother Bobby Joe Barker officiating.
Graveside service to follow at East Tennessee Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Linda Byrd with Amedysis Hospice for all the care and love given during this time.
Per Mrs. McCrays request NO flowers are to be sent.
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George Earl Kitzmiller
Died: Dec 23, 2017

George Earl Kitzmiller 68 of Gray went to be with the Lord Thursday December 21, 2017.
A lifelong resident of Gray, Mr. Kitzmiller retired from Tennessee Eastman Company as a mechanic and from the state of Tennessee as an elevator inspector. A veteran of the U.S. Army, George loved farming and was of the Baptist faith.
Preceded in death by his parents Fred and Sarah Kitzmiller and a brother Fred Terry Kitzmiller Jr.
Surviving include his sons, Roy Kitzmiller and wife Ann of Gray, Millard Kitzmiller and wife Shannon of Church Hill, sister-in-law Kay Kitzmiller of Gray, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Quinn officiating.
Military rites will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Tennessee Cemetery conducted by American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265, with Rev. David Quinn officiating.
Gray Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kitzmiller Family.
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