PINEY FLATS — Willie Lou Sluder, age 84, Piney Flats, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Sluder was a native of Washington County, TN, but has lived in Piney Flats for more than 40 years. She was a daughter of the late George Washington and Clara Barton McKee Long. She was a homemaker and enjoyed ceramics, puzzles and reading her Bible. She attended Tri-Cities Church of God, Piney Flats.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sluder was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Marie Cordell, Larry Ray Sluder and Carl Chance Sluder; three brothers, F.R. Long, G.W. Long Jr. and Robert Long; two sisters, Velva Richardson and Louise Long.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Carl “Curly” Sluder; two sons, Larry “Smokey” Sluder, Johnson City, Tony Sluder, Piney Flats; two grandchildren, Rhonda Kaye Sluder, Johnson City, and Carly Peyton Sluder, Gray; two great grandchildren, Beth Turner and Matthew Cordell; two great great grandchildren, Hailey Turner and Declan Turner; Goddaughters, Glenda Leonard, Garrette Robinson and Kim Coalson. Several Nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mrs. Sluder will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 24, 2011, from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. Rusty Wishon officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. from Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Scott Gouge, Richard Tucker, Ronnie Heaton, Eric Phillips, Daren Harris and Devan Burton. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Leonard, Bo “J.D.” Leonard, Jeremy Leonard, Paul Ketron, Jerry Sheets, Paul Harris, Stewart Ashburn, Jeff Arwood, Kermit Lilly, Michael Hawkins and Dave Arnold.
Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 A.M. Thursday to travel in procession together.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Lakeridge Nursing Home and to the nursing staff of 4700 floor of the Johnson City Medical Center for their care and support.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, is serving the Sluder Family. (423) 928-6111