Billie Christine “Chris” Smith Bartz

Published 4:45 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Billie Christine “Chris” Smith Bartz, 76, Elizabethton, transitioned from her earthly home to her heavenly home with her family by her side, Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Harold Franklin and Mary Wolfe Smith.
Chris was a 1961 graduate of Elizabethton High School. She had worked at Happy Valley Credit Union for 55 years, the last 32 years she was Manager and CEO. Chris loved the Elizabethton Cyclones, having been supportive of  all their sports. She attended West Park Street Baptist Church, Erwin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James Ralph Smith and Bobby F. Smith, and a sister, Janet Fritts.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, David Bartz; a daughter and son-in-law, Regina LeeAnn (Nathan Bradley) Shepherd; one grandson, Nathanial Luke Shepherd; one sister, Brenda (Frank) Grindstaff; one sister-in-law, Mary Lee Smith; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Deborah and David Carlson; and numerous special friends including Yvette Bailey and Tom Taylor.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, August 28, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery (New Section, off State of Franklin Road) with the Rev. Jeff Autrey officiating. Music will be provided by Loretta Bowers. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Friday, will be Richard VanHuss, Travis Sexton, Seth Sexton, Gabe Sexton, Jeff Livingston and Alan Little. Honorary pallbearers will be Happy Valley Credit Union Members and Board of Directors. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Charles Famoyin & Staff, Dr. Megan Johnson, Dr. Israel Garcia, Dr. Celso Ebeo and doctors and nurses at Sycamore Shoals Hospital who treated her with much care. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington County is mandating that all citizens wear a mask and observe social distancing. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Friends may register their presence from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Bartz family.

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