Ralph Jestes, 82, of Bluff City, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, at Bristol Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Jestes was born in Carter County to the late Herman Anderson and Lillie Elizabeth Ellis Jestes.
Mr. Jestes was retired from Baltimore Gas and Electric, where he had worked as an electrician. He was a member of Elk Park Christian Church and attended Hampton Christian Church.
Mr. Jestes was a United States Navy Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Opal T. Jestes, of the home; two daughters, Kathy Kubalanza and husband Keith, Princeton, Ky., and Sue Laws and husband Mike, Elizabethton, Tenn.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William E. Jestes and wife Clara, Ellicott City, Md., and James N. Jestes and wife Mickie, Gastonia, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family requests the comfort and honor of your presence at a graveside service for Mr. Jestes on Friday, January 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Perry Cemetery with Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, minister, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Phillip Whittington, Chris Hoffman, Paul Hoffman Jr., Brad Laws, Phillip Ramsey and Max Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Kubalanza, Ben Trimble, Mike Laws, Gary Whittington, Harold Turbyfill, Vernon Turbyfill, Audie Jestes and friends from Hampton Christian Church. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:20 p.m. Friday. 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 Jestes family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.
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