September 28th , 2011 15:56 pm Leave a comment

Bertha O. Magee


Bertha Orean Magee, 86, of Elizabethton, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.


A native of Louisville, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Rachael Koerner. She had lived in Elizabethton for a number of years.


Mrs. Magee was a member of West Side Christian Church and the Ladies Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was a Pink Lady at Sycamore Shoals Hospital for several years and was a previous President and Vice President. She loved to knit and she made hats for newborn babies at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.


Bertha loved to fish and spend time on her boat.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Magee, December 29, 2005; a sister, Lillian Brehme; and a nephew, Steven Magee.


Survivors include two sons, Michael Magee, of the home, and John Magee, Johnson City; three grandsons, Travis Magee and wife Erica, Alex and Adam Magee; four great-grandchildren, Cali Rose, Brayden, Aiden and Tanner; two sisters, Juanita Junkin and Edna Mae Ragsdale, both of Louisville, Ky.; three nieces, Susan McSwain and husband Mike, Hamilton, Ohio, Marsha Cox and husband Tony, Acworth, Ga., and Carole Magee, Louisville, Ky.; and a sister-in-law, Norma Magee.


Funeral services for Mrs. Magee will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Greg Key, minister, officiating. Music will be provided by Debbie Hodges and Tabitha Blackwell. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 30, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, will be John Magee, Travis Magee, Alex Magee, Adam Magee, Luther McKeehan, Danny Carver, Dick Oatman, Lynn Simerly, Robbie Johnson and Brent Blackwell. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Magee family may be e-mailed to


Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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