Bill Birchfield, 79, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., went home to be with his Lord on Friday, February 19, 2021, from Johnson City Medical Center.
Bill was a native of Roan Mountain and a son of the late Frank Birchfield and Florence Elliott Birchfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Cindy H. Birchfield.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Lees-McRae and East Tennessee State University. Bill’s teaching and coaching career spanned nearly three decades with time spent at Unaka High School and completed with 25 years at Cloudland High School. Bill enjoyed farming, going to livestock markets, and following the athletic careers of his sons and grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eloise H. Birchfield, of the home; two sons, Randy Birchfield of Roan Mountain and Matt Birchfield and wife Kerri of Elizabethton; five grandchildren and two expected great-grandchildren, Colby Birchfield and wife Karmen, Conner Birchfield, Leah Birchfield, Kenzie Birchfield and Kendall Birchfield; and three brothers, Denton Birchfield, Dallas Birchfield and Rick Birchfield, all of Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to celebrate and honor the life of Bill Birchfield will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, at the Lower Shell Creek Christian Church with Mr. Gerald Holly, minister, and Pastor Rick Birchfield officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, in the Birchfield Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Colby Birchfield, Conner Birchfield, Denton Birchfield, Dallas Birchfield, Johnny Ledford, Tim Barnett, Chad McKinney and Sam Potter. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1968 Cloudland Boy’s State Tournament Basketball Team and the Cloudland Lady Highlanders Basketball Team. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Lower Shell Creek Christian Church at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to travel in procession to the cemetery. 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 encourage 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.hathawaypercy.com
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the Birchfield family. Flowers may be sent to the family at Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services, 101 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Office: (423) 543-5544.