R.J. Markland10:35 am | December 21, 2012
R.J. Markland, 83, of Roan Mountain, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at the V.A. Community Living Center, Mountain Home, Tenn., after a short illness of lung cancer.
He was the son of the late Julia and Kyle Markland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Markland, in 2004; sisters, Maxine Hughes and Marie Birchfield; and brothers, Bill, Don and Gene Markland.
Mr. Markland served in the U.S. Army and retired from North American Rayon Corporation, Elizabethton, Tenn. He was an active member of St. John Free Will Baptist Church in Roan Mountain.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Markland of Spruce Pine, N.C.; a daughter, Linda Richards of Telford, Tenn.; a grandson, Matthew Richards and wife Jordan of Telford, Tenn.; sisters, Patricia Morgan and husband Jack of Johnson City, and Fairy Townson and husband Ron of Roan Mountain; brothers, Paul Smith and wife Pansy of Elizabethton, Carl Smith and wife Betty of Martinsville, Va., Nevil Smith and wife Ann of Madisonville, Tenn., Dennis Smith and wife Karen, J.D. Smith and wife Regina of Hampton, and Malcolm Smith and wife Jody of Roan Mountain; and a very special friend, Irene Conley of Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Markland will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 23, in the Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Rev. Richard Sheppard officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Music will be under the direction of Chris and Darla McKinney. The graveside service will follow in the Moreland Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be the men of St. John Free Will Baptist Church. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the V.A. Community Living Center for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moreland Cemetery Fund, c/o Michael Hughes, 602 Maryetta Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, is serving the Markland family. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917. Office: (423) 772-3928.