Johnny Blaine Simerly, 69, 722 Woodland Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Monday, December 3, 2012, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Earl Samuel and Mary Alice Lyons Simerly.
Mr. Simerly was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Bethlehem, N.C., and attended College Park Freewill Baptist Church in Milligan, Tenn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Simerly; two brothers, Earl Jay Simerly and Howard Simerly; and three sisters, Ann Julian, Becky Livingston and Ella Jane Hart.
Survivors include a son, Scott Simerly and wife Rebecca, Elizabethton, Tenn.; two step-daughters, Tracy Begley and husband George, Kingsport, Tenn., and Rhonda Watson and husband Glenn, Hickory, N.C.; five grandchildren, Seth Simerly, Sage Simerly, Amanda Ferrell and husband Jon, Heather Begley and Ben Watson; a great-granddaughter, Sophie Mae Ferrell; and sisters, Gladys Blevins, Hampton, Tenn., Ruby Sloope and husband Tony, Taylorsville, N.C., Betty Taylor and husband Norman, Jonesborough, Tenn., and Billie Birchfield and husband Bill of California. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Simerly will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Matthew Guy officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Jerry Freeman. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the funeral service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in the Whitehead Cemetery with the Rev. Allen Simerly officiating. Active pallbearers will be Dale Hicks, Jeff Depew, Freddy Julian, Dean Proffitt, Allen Byrd and Donovan Waller. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Simerly, Dean Hicks and Raymond Verble. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Simerly family. Office (423) 543-5544.