Earl J. Rock, 87, of Elizabethton, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012, at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was the son of the late Clarence and Blanch Smith Rock. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Rock Holly, on December 27, 1991; a sister, Ruby Williams; and two brothers, Howard Rock and Velmer Rock.
Mr. Rock was born in Washington County, Va., but had lived most of his life in Carter County, Tenn. He had worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Rural Route Carrier and was a member of Stoney Creek Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon for over 50 years.
Mr. Rock was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the infantry division in the South Pacific.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ann Rasar Rock, of the home; a son, David Rock and his girlfriend Veronica Hammett, Johnson City; two grandsons, Brad Holly and wife Hannah, and Barry Holly, Elizabethton; two great-grandsons, Jordan Holly and Lucas Holly; and two sisters, Linda Elliott, Johnson City, and Alma Oler, Jacksonville, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Rock will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 30, at the Stoney Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Markland, the Rev. Richard Estep and Dr. Kenneth Jordan to conduct the service. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton. Music was under the direction of Gene Church. The graveside service and entombment will be conducted following the service on Sunday in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors, friends of the Postal Service and members and Deacons of Stoney Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Rock family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.