Obituaries: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Phyllis Beckner

Phyllis Beckner, 91, of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family Thursday, April 12, 2018. Born in Bakersville, she moved to the Kingsport area in 1946. An avid student of the Bible, Phyllis was a longtime member and Sunday School teacher at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Mars Hill College and ETSU and worked at Kingsport Press before entering the teaching field. Phyllis taught in the Sullivan County School System at Kingsley and Miller Perry Elementary for 35 years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude R. Beckner; parents, Kelly and Inez McNeil; brothers, Glen McNeill and Scott McNeill; and niece, Barbara Christianson.

Phyllis is survived by her sister, Doris Young Shelton; sons, John and wife Kathy, and Tom and wife Michele; grandchildren, Lisa Odum and husband Kojac, Alyson Blevins and husband Jim, Amanda Beckner, and Emma Beckner; great-grandchildren, Katie Blevins and Ava Blevins; nephew, Doug Young; niece, Susie Carpenter; several great-nieces and nephews; and faithful companion, Lance.

The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 6 p.m. with Dr. Greg Burton and Chaplain Ryan Wagoner officiating.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at East Tennessee Cemetery.

Special thanks to her loving caregivers, Lynn Chandler, Alice Perry, Linda Williams, Misty McFarland and Juanita Biorch.

 

 

Robert Dale

Robert Dale, 60, of Dula Road, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Born Jan. 22, 1958, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late John Rufus Dale and Jean Dale. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, JoAnn Burleson; and his sisters-in-law, Scarlett Dale and Donna Davis.

Robert was a member of the Grassy Creek Baptist Church where he served as an usher. He had been employed for more than 10 years with the Unimin Quartz Corporation where he was a heavy equipment operator. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed farming and raising cattle.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Amy Jones Dale, of the home; his sons, Cody Dale and wife, Melissa, of Spruce Pine, and John Dale, of Spruce Pine; his mother, Jean Dale, of Spruce Pine; his grandchildren, Jacoby Dale and Decklyn Dale, of Spruce Pine; his brother, Norman Dale, of Spruce Pine; his sister, Regina Rice and husband, David, of Marshall; his father-in-law, Walter Burleson, of Bakersville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins.

A funeral service honoring the life of Robert Dale was 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Grassy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Nathan Silver and the Rev. Gene Self officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the church. Interment followed in the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bruce Cannon and the Rev. Dale Buchanan officiating the graveside service.

Flowers were accepted and appreciated.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Robert Dale’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Dale family. Mr. Dale’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

 

 

Paulette Dellinger

Paulette Dellinger, of Spruce Pine, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 17, 2018, after a courageous fight and battle with a lengthy illness.

She was beloved by all. To many of her family and friends, Paulette was known as Polly, to Debbie, she was Mom, to her beloved boys, she was Nana. She was the daughter of the late Edward Lowery Jr. and the late Cartha Riddle Lowery, of Spruce Pine.

She loved her family, her church, her home and her job. She worked several places during her life in the community but none so special to her than working with her sister, Jewel, at Dellinger’s Bookstore.

In a small community, she made a million friends. At the store, she made “special friends” and everyone she encountered she spoke to and most became her friend. During her illness, it became so apparent to her family just how many friends Polly had made over the years.

Paulette gave more than she received in life. She gave endlessly. She loved giving little gifts to everyone around her and I am sure if you knew her you undoubtedly were a recipient. She never wanted to leave anyone out and she always included everyone in her kindness.

She loved her church like none other, the pastor and family and everyone in the church family. She rarely missed and missed being there during her illness. Her church provided love, kindness and compassion during the last year.

Paulette leaves behind her loving daughter, Deborah Wiseman. Debbie was her pride and joy, wife to her son-in-law, Bill, and the mother of her most cherished grandsons, Devon, Barclay and Donovan. She was Nana to them, loved them more than life itself and spoiled them more than can ever be imagined. She leaves behind her sister, Jewel Dellinger, whom she loved dearly; husband, Jack; nieces, Karen, Sandy and Jackie; and many great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her family, Polly leaves behind her best friend in the world, Junior Blackburn. She will be missed, especially by her next-door neighbor and friend, Tim Biddix.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Paulette Dellinger was 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Shoupe and the Rev. Bruce Cannon officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the church. Entombment was in the Mausoleum of Peace at the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to either the Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund or Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Paulette Dellinger’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Dellinger family. Mrs. Dellinger’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

 

Robert Justice ‘Bob’ McClellan

Robert Justice “Bob” McClellan, 73, of Swiss Pine Lake Drive, Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born May 25, 1944, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Robert McClellan Sr. and Edith Ollis McClellan. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Dawn Trivette.

Bob was a member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Grassy Creek Construction. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and being around his house. He also enjoyed watching sports, traveling and fishing, particularly deep-sea fishing.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 55 years, Louise Wilson McClellan, of the home; his mother, Edith McClellan, of Hickory; his son-in-law, Tony Trivette, of Spruce Pine; his foster children, Yana Green and husband, Tim, of Spruce Pine, Austin Butler, of Erwin, Tennessee, and Jennifer Ray, of Leicester; his grandchildren, Nikki Trivette, of Spruce Pine, and Chad Trivette and wife, Stephanie, of Littleton, Colorado; foster grandchildren, Hannah, April, Kimberly, Lily Greene and Cameron; great grandson, Joseph Robert Trivette, of Littleton, Colorado; foster great-grandchildren, Gracie, Rebecca, Haley, Elaina, Eliza, Malachi and Carter; and his brothers, Charles McClellan and wife, Elaine, and Roger McClellan and wife, Nancy, all of Hickory; Gene McClellan and wife, Anita, of Newland, and Gerald McClellan and wife, Dici, of Spruce Pine.

A funeral service honoring the life of Bob McClellan was 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrin Waldroup and the Rev. Allen Laws officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the church. Interment followed in the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special “thanks” to DaVita Dialysis for its wonderful care of Bob.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Robert Justice “Bob” McClellan’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the McClellan family. Mr. McClellan’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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