Obituaries for October 3, 2019

photo by Vickie Carpenter

Anne Goldston Patton

Anne Goldston Patton, 77, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center.

She was born in North Carolina, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Patton.

She is survived by her siblings, Martha Brown of Johnson City, Mary Shutko of Houston, Texas, and Charles Patton of Memphis; nephews, Allan Reaves (Suzanne), and Erby Brown Jr. (Judy); great nephews, Noah Reaves, Cooper Reaves, and Stephen Martin; nieces, Candice Shutko (J.J.), Tina Martin (Steve), Nicole Shutko, and Tammy Ruston (Greg); great nieces, Tatum Reaves, Kasey Martin. Ava Burdin, Colette Burdin, Rachel Asher (Adam), and Sarah Ruston; and great-great nieces and nephews, Adelynn Asher, Kameron Martin, Kyler Cham, and Kayleb Campbell.

A private graveside service will be held at Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Even Hill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church (2001 South Roan Street, Johnson City, TN) or to the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter (3411 North Roan Street, Johnson City, TN).

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Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Patton family.

Max Terrell Wishon

Max Terrell Wishon

Max Terrell Wishon, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

He was born on Oct. 11, 1939, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Verles Clinton and Beulah Owenby Wishon. A resident of this area most of his life, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired upholsterer. He was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church, where he had served as Sunday school superintendent, teacher, played the bass guitar and sang in the choir, as long as his health permitted. He enjoyed woodworking; especially making things for his grandchildren, growing sweet potatoes; and was known for growing the largest sweet potato in the area. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be missed dearly. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were three brothers, Wayne Owenby, Dean Owenby and Skip Wishon.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dora Lee Morgan Wishon; his children, Michael Wishon and his wife, Veronica, Michelle Holt and her husband, Steve; his brother, Gary Wishon; his sisters, Carolyn Hodge and her husband, Phillip, Cathy Passmore and her husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Matthew Wishon and his wife, Ashelie, Travis Wishon and his wife, Katherine, Christopher Browning, Samantha Christian and her husband, Jared, and Shauna Browning; his great grandchildren, Lillian Wishon, Elijah Christian and Nova Wishon.

A service to celebrate Max’s life was held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, with Pastor Larry Spaulding officiating. 

A second celebration of life service was held on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Bethel Hill Baptist Church in Topton, N.C. with Pastor Darrell Dockery officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army Honor Guard. 

Online condolences may be made on Max’s tribute page at: Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale is in charge of arrangements.

 Phyllis Jean Folsom Garrett

Phyllis Jean Folsom Garrett, 92, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

She was born in Holly Hill, Fla., on Nov. 28, 1926, to the late Granville B. Folsom and Hilda B. Folsom. She was married to the late Philip R. Garrett who preceded her in 2008. She worked and retired from Prudential Insurance Company; she was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church; she loved to sew, quilt, bake, and cook. Most of all she loved to fellowship with fellow church members at the church.

Survivors include her daughter, Cherie D. Eicher (David) of Cheifland, Fla.; a son, Stephen Garrett (Rita) of Gainesville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Robert A. Sikkenga (Angela), Scott Garrett (Maria), and Kristen Garrett and her special friend, (Sabrina Gale); four great-grandchildren, Coral Sikkenga, Sebastian Sikkenga, Isabella Garrett, and Dylan Gale; and a sister, Patricia Barnes of Bakersfield, Calif.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Evan Hill officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Garrett family.

Betty Louise Rhodes

Betty Louise Rhodes

Betty Louise Rhodes, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Aug. 10, 2019.

She was born on Aug. 19, 1930, to parents Earl Bartlow and Dorothy Lee Gibson in Bradenton, Fla., and attended Palmetto High School in Manatee County.  She enjoyed being at the beach and shelling.  She also enjoyed nature, the trees and animals. She always had time for others and walked her Christian walk.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. Rhodes and sister, Jane Rhodes.

Survivors include her sons, Randy (Cathey) Gray of Franklin, Ronnie (Donna) Gray of Bradenton, Fla., David (Barbara) Gray of Washougal, Wash.; daughter, Denise (Blake) Pevy of Bradenton, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove and Rev. Mike Privett will officiate. A graveside service will follow at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 1 a.m., prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Pamela ‘P.J.’ Mason Carpenter

Pamela “P.J.” Mason Carpenter, 54, of Mountain City, Ga., died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at her home.  

The family will have a memorial service on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. at The Scaly Mountain Church of God.