ROAN MOUNTAIN — Spence Stocton, of 232 Stocton Road, Roan Mountain, a loving, generous, family man, went home to claim his reward early on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
He was born December 5, 1919, to the late John and Julia Hughes Stocton in Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
As a boy, he attended Cove Creek School, where he played on the basketball team. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors, enjoyed hunting, (especially coon hunting) and training his dogs, farming, tending his chickens, going to church, witnessing about Christ, seeing people give their hearts to the Lord, and spending time with his family who meant everything to him.
He was a long-time member of Burbank Church, where he was a deacon.
As a young man, Spence spent three years in the United States Army as a communications commander in the 104th Timberwolf Infantry Division while serving in Europe during WWII. His group pushed from the coast of France to meet the Russians in Germany. As a result of his service, he received several medals, including the Bronze Star.
After returning home, he married the love of his life, Grace Barnett Stocton. They raised six children together in a Christian home that was always a welcome and inviting place for grandchildren, family and friends. Their house was filled with love, security, laughter and lots of food.
Spence worked in Ohio for a while after the war, then at the Bemberg and NARC plants until he retired. He then worked as a night watchman at Roan Mountain State Park and did maintenance for the US Forest Service.
He and Grace traveled many places and have seen many sights, but he loved the East Tennessee mountains and home most of all.
Losing his youngest son, Greg, in a car accident was a most difficult time in his life. He and Grace loved all their children and grandchildren dearly and Greg’s loss was a devastating blow to him.
In addition to his parents, wife and son, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Voyd, Claude, Marshall and Paul Stocton, Ida Henson, Nola Roberson, Mary Street; and a son-in-law, Tony Carnett.
He is survived by his children, Gary and Judy Stocton, Roger and Linda Stocton, Johnnie Carnett, Beth Ann and Harold Jarrett, Barry and Darlene Stocton, and former daughter-in-law, Karen Buchanan. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Chad and Janel and Aleena, Shelly, Alan, Caleb, Gracen, Jordan and Lindsey King, Kristi, Kevin, Caroline, Jack and Cade Sheffield, Dale, Carla, Mason and Josie Carnett, Brandon Carnett and Tammy Blevins, Regina, Jon and Jace Buck, Denna and Lincoln Shelton, Paula, Stacy and Gabe Edwards, Ashley, Robbie and Cass Turbyfill, Aaron Stocton and Dianna Dishner. He is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy Roberson, Lois Henson and Edna Vance; many nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends who were dear to his heart.
The funeral service for Mr. Stocton will be conducted on Friday, July 15, 2011, at 7:00 PM in the Burbank Free Will Baptist Church, 122 Burbank Road, Roan Mountain, with Mark Birchfield, Tull Oaks and Roger Stocton officiating. Music will be provided by members of the Stocton family, Karen Buchanan and Topsy McMahan. The eulogy will be delivered by a special friend, Johnny Hill.
The family will receive friends in the church from 4:00-7:00 PM Friday prior to the service and friends are welcome to join the family at the home, 232 Stocton Road, at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11:00 AM in the Spence Stocton Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Chad Stocton, Kevin Sheffield, Alan King, Lincoln Shelton, Dale Carnett, Brandon Carnett, Jon Buck, Aaron Stocton, Robbie Turbyfill and Stacy Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Stocton, Harold Brown, Charlie Honeycutt, Hale Hughes, the deacons and church members of Burbank Free Will Baptist, and the staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Center. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #49. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the home, 232 Stocton Road, Roan Mountain at 10:45 AM Saturday.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Burbank Free Will Baptist Church Youth Group, 122 Burbank Road, Roan Mountain, Tennessee 37687.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Roan Highlands Nursing Center for the wonderful care given to Spence during his stay.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.