Rev. Richard Harvey “Dick” Estep

Published 8:57 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rev. Richard Harvey “Dick” Estep, 69, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord, Sunday, December 28, 2014, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was a native of Carter County and a 1963 graduate of Unaka High School, where he was a member of the Ranger Football Team for four years.
Richard was ordained to the Ministry by his father-in-law, Rev. Homer Salyer, at Hunter Memorial Baptist Church 42 years ago. He had served the following churches: Beck Mountain Baptist Church, Dungan Chapel Baptist Church and Stoney Creek Baptist Church. He also had held several revivals during his Ministry. He also had worked at PSG for 20 years. He was a member of Stoney Creek Baptist Church.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Harvey Estep, December 7, 1995.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Janice Salyer Estep; two sons, Lance “The Duke” Estep, of the home, and Shannon Estep and wife Christy, Elizabethton; three grandchildren, Aaron, Carissa and Jacob Estep; his mother, Ina Hyder Estep; and a sister and brother-in-law, Danette and Doug Hardin, Elizabethton. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
A service honoring the life of Richard Harvey Estep will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Eric Heaton, the Rev. Eric Wright and the Rev. Roy Wilson (Ministers who Richard had ordained) officiating. Music will be provided by Eric Heaton, The New Liberty Quartet and Debra Woods. Interment will follow in the Grindstaff Cemetery (Stoney Creek) with the Rev. Roger Haley and the Rev. David Foster officiating. Active pallbearers will be Aaron Estep, Desler Salyer, Roy Salyer, Doug Hardin, Jeffery Hardin, Jerry Proffitt, Jamie Buckles and Eddie Spears. Honorary pallbearers will be all his nephews, Harold Bowers, Javy Taylor, Estel Taylor, Lanny White, Billy “Boo” Bishop, Ken Pierce and Ministers of the Watauga Baptist Association. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour Wednesday. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Estep family.

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