In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, God opened the gates of Heaven and called his faithful and beloved servant, Tim Holtsclaw, home for all eternity. Tim, age 84, of Hampton, Tenn., passed away at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Carter County to the late David “Dave” Holtsclaw and Kathryn Rhilda Arnett Holtsclaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita Faye Bradshaw Holtsclaw; a grandson, Daniel Range; a brother, Ronnie Holtsclaw; a brother-in-law, Bobby Breedlove; and a sister-in-law, Vivian Shell Holtsclaw.
Tim served his country faithfully in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked for Paty Lumber Company for many years. He was of the Freewill Baptist faith. Tim loved gardening and growing roses. Also, he enjoyed fishing and watching the Tennessee Vols.
Tim loved his neighbors as he loved himself, he loved his Lord, his friends, his family and his precious cats, Pandora, Panda, Toot-Toot and all the strays that came to stay.
Those left to cherish his many wonderful memories include his daughter, Karen Murphy of Elizabethton; his son, Tommy Range and wife Janet of Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Adrienne Cross and husband Jerald of Bristol, Tenn., and Kellen Murphy of Elizabethton; two great-grandchildren, Ian Cross and Jude Cross of Bristol, Tenn. ; four sisters, Jo Breedlove of Michigan, Charlene Drown and husband Bill of Michigan, Darlene Mynatt and husband Jim of Charlotte, N.C., and Gail Wilson and husband Paul of Piney Flats; one brother, Ken Holtsclaw of Roan Mountain; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Rasnick and Judy Holtsclaw; and a brother-in-law, Sam Bradshaw and wife Jeanette. He loved his nieces and nephews, who loved him back, and his many cousins.
An open visitation for friends and family to register their presence and pay their respects will be conducted from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday, November 16, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. A private committal and entombment service for Tim will be conducted in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Tim’s family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers, support, love and acts of compassion. Our eternal gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, you went above and beyond everything we could hope for. May God bless you, you are our heroes. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Carter County Humane Society, 135 Sycamore Shoals Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please bring and wear a mask. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tim and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423) 543-4917.