Mary Carolyn Williams Heaton, 79, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Johnsie Griffin Williams.
Mrs. Heaton was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton, the D.A.R. and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a mother to all and liked to take care of everyone.
Mrs. Heaton was loved by all. She was very compassionate for our military and troops. She enjoyed old movies and always had a joke ready to make everyone laugh and loved animals.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Birdie” Heaton, in 1986; a brother, Bill Williams; three sisters, Beverly “Tootsie” Stanton, Joann Williams and Louise “Teanie” Hayes; a niece, Jane Stanton; and a nephew, Lee Fries.
Survivors include three children, Ric Heaton and wife Susan, Raleigh, N.C., Tim Fries, of the home, and Sallie Luther and husband Von, Elizabethton; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; an “adopted sister,” Ruth Goodwin, Elizabethton; a brother-in-law, Bill Heaton and wife Susan, Madisonville, Ky.; and a sister-in-law, Anne Bicknell and husband Warren, Thomasville, Ga. Several nieces and nephews and her dog, Mollie, also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Heaton will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 13, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Ray Amos officiating. The eulogy will be given by Mr. Bill Heaton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the funeral service, or at the residence of her daughter, Sallie Luther, at other times. Interment will follow the funeral service on Sunday at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Nathan Hardin, Aaron Hardin, Terry Guinn, David Guinn, Chad Allara and Mike Fouts. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam LaPorte, Ted Tipton, Dr. Ted Taylor, Tony Greene, John Stanton, Bill Stanton, Dr. Steven Bowers, Warren Bicknell, Dr. John Hathaway, Steve Chambers, Jerry Calhoun, Valentine Suta, Hensel Taylor, Johnny Fathering, Kenny Webb, John Brumit, Tommy Corbett, Lee Corbett and Steven Goodwin. The family would like to express a special thanks to Dr. Angela Merrifield and staff of State of Franklin Health Care Associates, Dr. Ken Cutshall, the staff of Amedysis Hospice, Amedysis Home Health Care, caregivers, Kevin Whitehead and Riley Thompson and friends and neighbors of Ferguson Avenue. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid South Chapter, 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the Carter County Humane Society/Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 37644. 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 Heaton family. Office (423) 543-5544.