Loretta (Granny Ett) Estep

Published 11:17 am Thursday, January 11, 2024

Loretta (Granny Ett) Estep was born September 17, 1936.
Loretta Estep, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on January 7, 2024.
A native of Elizabethton, the Stoney Creek community, she was the daughter of the late Zeb and Ruth Lowe Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Estep; a son, Marvin Estep 2023; a grandson, Mitchell Estep 2023; brothers, Ricky and Hal Taylor; great-granddaughter, Madison Blevins; and special friend, Mary Davis.
Survivors are her children, Debbie and Sam Davis, Melvin and Judy Estep, Marlene and Donnie Steffey, and Ruth Ann and Kem Richardson, all of Elizabethton; two brothers, Jerry Taylor and Paul Taylor; a special sister-in-law, Burless Estep; grandchildren, Maverick Estep, Travis and Brian Davis, Ricky Estep, Melanie Crud, Malarie Guinn, Macie Odom, Jeremy Blevins, Ben Whitaker and Brandy McNeal, who was like a daughter; and the mother of five of her grandchildren, Jennifer Estep. She had 21 great-great-grandchildren; a special great-grandchild, Jessica Phillips; one great-great-great-grandson, Austin Phillips; her extended Indiana grandchildren, Jeff, John and Michael Estep and their mother Theresa Estep; and her special caregivers, Sue Estep, Felicia (Red) Pickens and Janice Hamilton.
Our mom was born in Elizabethton, Tenn., of the Stoney Creek community. She married the love of her life, Vernon Estep. They enjoyed their life together until his passing in 1999. She was a mother of five children. She would always say, “I’m so lucky to have all my children. I don’t know what I would do without them.” She spent a lot of time caring for other people in her lifetime. She had a brother, Ricky Taylor, with special needs and dedicated her life to caring for him in her home until she was almost 80 years old. She lived a good and simple life with family always near. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, loved playing Rook with her family, and loved finding little back roads to travel on. She was just a little granny that loved to dip her snuff. Any holiday that came around, it was always at Granny Ett’s house, and you didn’t have to be family to join in. She welcomed everyone with a smile and would say “go get you something to eat honey.” She had a big family and every Sunday evening there was family at her home. One little guy had come almost every Sunday for the past two years to eat popcorn with his granny.
Granny Ett (Mom) will be truly missed. But we have the memories and all the crazy things we did together to laugh and keep us going until we meet again.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14, in the Taylor Cemetery, Big Sandy Road, with Pastor Justin Hodges officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Estep family.

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