September 27th , 2011 13:27 pm Leave a comment

Paul E. Estep


Paul E. Estep 78, of Elizabethton, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.

A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late George H. Estep Sr. and Bessie Norris Estep.

Mr. Estep attended Unaka High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Paul was Co-Owner of Memorial Funeral Chapel which opened in August 1972. In 2004 he was recognized by the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service in the funeral business. He was on the Board of Directors of Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank.

Paul was a member of the following organizations: Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238, a 32nd Degree Mason, the American Legion Post Watauga 49 and the Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of Eastern Star.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Estep and Evelyn Taylor; two brothers, Porter and N.D. Estep; a niece, Sue Estep; and a nephew, Dwight Nave.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ola Maxine Elliott Estep; two daughters, Kim Estep Wright and husband Jeff and Jill Estep Cooper and husband Art, all of Johnson City; three grandchildren, Chris Wright and wife Jennifer, Jordan Wright and Whitney Wright; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lee Edwin Estep and wife Gay and George Estep Jr. and wife Betty Jo, all of Elizabethton, and Huey Estep and wife Lydia, Arcadia, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Johnie Estep, Elizabethton, and Nilene Hopkins, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Estep will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Chris Hughes and the Rev. James Hawk officiating. Music will be provided by Debbie Gouge. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Richard Estep officiating. Active pallbearers will be employees and former employees of Memorial Funeral Chapel and his nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the Board of Directors and employees of Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion and the Tennessee National Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Estep family may be e-mailed to

Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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