Carl Dean “Bill” Estep, 85, 172 Oscar Johnson Road, Hampton, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late James Wesley and Flossie White Estep. Mr. Estep was a Civil Engineer with the State of Tennessee for over 50 years. He received an Outstanding Service Achievement Award that was presented by the Governor of the state of Tennessee. Bill was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon for several years and had served in several different areas of the church. He gave many volunteer hours of his time and resources. Bill loved horses, four-wheeling and was an avid bicycler. At age 71 he road a bicycle across the state of Georgia to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Estep; three sisters, Majolen Ward, Ora White and Iva Holder; and five nephews, Burle Estep, Sammy Lee White, David Jackson, Ross Jackson and Greg Deloach.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Hazelwood Estep; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Michael and Gail Estep, Johnson City; a daughter, Judy Estep Grindstaff, Hampton; a granddaughter, Micah Boone, Elizabethton; four great-grandchildren, Mike Johnson, Christian Boone, Jagger Ritchie and Melia Ritchie; and two sisters, Hazel Jackson, Johnson City, and Joyce Deloach of Pennsylvania. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Estep will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 15, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Strickland and the Rev. Danny Bright officiating. Music will be provided by Amanda Strickland. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 16, in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday, will be Ray Harmon, Mark Berry, David Grindstaff, Fred Simerly, Mike Johnson, Cole Harmon, Chris Ritchie and Carl Lee Hazelwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Clawson, Rick Kilby, Gary Shingleton, Carroll Boone, A.B. Grindstaff, Lue Honeycutt and the Jerry Nave Sunday School Class of Union Baptist Church. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Estep to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 1951, Elizabethton, TN 37644 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday. Condolences to the Estep family may be e-mailed to email@example.com. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements