James O. Counts

Published 4:33 pm Monday, January 29, 2018

James O. Counts, 97, of Elizabethton, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community, following a brief illness. James was born in Haysi, Va., to the late Grady and Dixie Hay Counts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Mullins Counts; a brother, Claude Counts; and one sister, Bonnie Hamm.
James retired as a state education consultant and was a United States Army veteran, having served in World War II for five years. He graduated class valedictorian of Haysi High School, then pursued his education at East Tennessee State University, where he earned his Master’s Degree in education. He was a member of Borderview Christian Church for 35 years, where he had served as a Deacon, an Elder and as an adult Sunday School teacher, although he had attended Elizabethton Church of Christ for the past two years. He was a member of the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM, served as a Jericho Temple Shriner, Scottish Rite Mason, and a York Rite Mason. James loved to garden.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Sue Blevins and husband Steve of Abingdon, Va.; two sons, Richard Counts and wife Betty of Nashville, Tenn., and Larry Counts and wife Patricia of Johnson City, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Holly Briscall and husband Jeremy of Bluff City, Tenn., Todd Counts of Gainesville, Ga., and Chad Counts and wife Kate of Folly Beach, S.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Sydney Kate Briscall, Carter Counts, Madison Sander, Noah Counts, Owen Briscall, Natalie Briscall, Amelia Counts and Rowan Counts; and one brother, Perry Counts of Johnson City, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to honor the life of James O. Counts will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. Scott Fisher and Mr. Roby Ellis, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Scott Reynolds and Ray Don Markland. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service. The graveside service will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family would like to especially thank the staff of Sycamore Springs Assisted Living and to Amedisys Hospice for the loving care given to James during his illness. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Borderview Christian Church, 1338 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Counts and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information and Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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