Estelle “Dude” Presley McGinnis passed from her earthly home into her Heavenly home on Jan. 23, 2014, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton after an extended illness. She was 88 years old.
Born on Oct. 14, 1925, she was the daughter of Charles C. and Edith Maude Presley, of Johnson City. Dude grew up in Johnson City, and attended the Johnson City School System. As a young woman, she later went on to work in the war effort at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which later became known as the Manhattan Project.
In 1945, she met and married Howard Dewie McGinnis, and moved to Elizabethton, where they made their home for over 50 years. Dude was a homemaker until she took a job with the Carter County Schools System. She worked at Hunter Elementary and Siam Learning Center as a school cook for over 20 years, and retired from that position.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard D. McGinnis; her parents; brothers Fred and Robert C. Presley; and her sisters Mary Presley Webb and Mabel Depew.
She is survived by her children H. Danny McGinnis, Donna McGinnis, Karen McGinnis Elliott, and Patrick McGinnis; her grandchildren Loren Hoss, Kristen Hoss, Karie McGinnis, Emily Elliott, and Lauryn McGinnis; her great-grandson Christopher Cobb; her sister, Daisy Presley; her son-in-law Rick Elliott, and her daughters-in-law Cathy McGinnis and Lisa McGinnis; her sister-in-law Ruby Nidiffer, and her brother-in-law, Billy Joe Campbell, and wife Nina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She attended, and was a charter member, of Riverview Baptist Church in Elizabethton. Dude taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir, worked in Vacation Bible School, was a member and director of the Women’s Missions Union, and held the role of church clerk for numerous years.
Dude immensely loved her relationship with the Lord, her husband, Howard, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and visiting with friends and her extended family. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, sewing and crocheting, quilting, and telling stories.
A celebration of life service will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at Riverview Baptist Church, 1419 Broad St. Extension, Elizabethton. Pastor Larry Shorter will conduct the service, with music provided by Billy Joe Campbell, Rita Elwood, and Tony Martin. Visitation will be from 4 and 6 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service at the church. Friends may call at the family home in Lynn Valley, Elizabethton, at other times.
Dude will be buried with her husband at the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City on Monday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Robert English officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Active pallbearers will be Patrick McGinnis, Rick Elliott, Loren Hoss, Kristen Hoss, Theron Johnson, Mike Nidiffer, and Greg Nidiffer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Cobb, Joe Depew, Ronald Webb, Jr., Billy Joe Campbell, Billy Campbell, Jim Card, and Tim Lingerfelt.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Judy DeLoach and the nurses and staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home; Dr. Jonathan Bremer and Dr. Stephen Loyd for the wonderful care given to our mother; her many caregivers through the years, especially JoAnn Minton; friend and neighbor, Charlotte Warner and her family; and special friend Shirley Ward.
In lieu of flowers and donations, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Riverview Baptist Church Building Fund, 1419 Broad St., Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the McGinnis family. Office (423)542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.
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