John L. Slemp

Published 3:02 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

John L. Slemp, 86, of Elizabethton, Tenn., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the Village at Allendale Community. John was born in Butler, Tenn., to the late Oliver Sylvester Slemp and Winnie Wilson Slemp. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Clark Slemp, and three brothers, Hugh Slemp, Hasford Slemp and Jim Slemp.
John had worked for the James H Quillen VA as a warehouse employee and was a United States Air Force Veteran. He had also worked as a truck driver and was a member of Watauga Point United Methodist Church. John was a graduate of Happy Valley High School, Class of 1955.
John loved working his mules and farming and took great pride in his tractors. He also loved hunting and fishing and shooting groundhogs. Most of all, John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always made sure his family was taken care of.
Those left to cherish and remember John include his daughter, Jaime Slemp Horton and husband Jason of Blountville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Brian Horton, Sierra Horton and Nathaniel Horton, all of Blountville, Tenn.; his brother, Jerry Slemp and wife Janice of Elizabethton, Tenn.; his sister, Marti Tuelle of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Slemp and Jean Slemp, both of Elizabethton. Also surviving is the remaining members of the Clark family. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside service to honor and celebrate the life of John L. Slemp will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, January 26, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded at the graveside. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Happy Valley Memorial Park at 12:50 p.m. Friday. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in John’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2319 Browns Mill Road, Johnson City, TN 37604 or by visiting their website at Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting our website,
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 211 North Riverside, Elizabethton, TN 37643 is honored to serve the family of John L. Slemp. Office Phone (423) 542-2232; Obituary Line Information (423) 543-4917.

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