Presiding Elder Raymond McDonald Dickenson

Presiding Elder Raymond McDonald Dickenson, Sr. born on November 22, 1937 in Russell County, Virginia, attained true freedom when he was called to eternal rest at his home on Friday, June 26, 2020. Presiding Elder Dickenson, affectionately called Johnny by family and friends, spent his formative years in Johnson City, TN and graduated from Langston High School. It was at Langston where he met his sweetheart Ola Marie Rollins. After high school, he served several years in the United States Air Force and then returned to marry Ola Marie in 1959. Presiding Elder Dickenson was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Dickenson Echols, father, Isaac “Ike” Wade, and sons Raymond, Jr. and Eric. Presi

Ms. Teresa Lynn Stafford Jordan Curry

Teresa Lynn Stafford Jordan Curry, 40, of Bluff City, TN departed this life Thursday, June 25, 2020. Teresa was a native of Washington County, TN. She was born on March 23, 1980, the daughter of Linda Carver and the late Rex Stafford. Teresa attended school in Johnson City, TN until the time of her marriage to Mr. James Jordan of Johnson City, TN. Teresa had two children during her marriage to Mr. Jordan. She later married Mr. Donald R. Curry, Jr. and gave birth to a daughter. She held several positions of employment in her lifetime but was most passionate about her work as a women’s advocate at a local home for abused women. Teresa was preceded in death by her father, Rex Stafford, and her

Mr. Michael R. Payne

Michael R. Payne was born April 6, 1959, in Lynchburg, Virginia, and made his transition to his heavenly Father on June 11, 2020. Michael graduated from Campbell County High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After graduation, he worked with his grandfather on his farm until he launched out on his own and was self- employed as a general contractor and handyman. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard E. Taylor Sr. and Marquerite Gravely, and his brothers, Leon Payne, Thomas Taylor, and Derrick Gravely. Michael is survived by his wife, Darlene Payne of Bristol, Tennessee; brothers, Stafford Gravely, Bernard E. Taylor Jr., Oliver Gravely, and Jermaine Robinson; sisters, Gail Gravely,

Ms. Olivia Howard

On Friday morning, June 5, 2020, Olivia N. Howard was called home to be with the Lord. Olivia was born on June 18, 1942, to Velma Heath and Toy Odell Howard in Bristol, TN. Olivia graduated from J.F. Slater High School in Bristol, Tennessee, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Knoxville College in Knoxville, TN, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Virginia. She enjoyed a successful career in the Pittsylvania, Virginia County school system until retirement. She was very active in the community, especially the Bibleway Cathedral. Olivia was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, The Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.,

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