HAMPTON — Carl Dean “Bill” Estep, 85, 172 Oscar Johnson Road, Hampton, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late James Wesley and Flossie White Estep. He was a Civil Engineer with the State of Tennessee for over fifty years. He received an Outstanding Service Achievement Award that was presented by the Governor of the state of Tennessee.
Bill was a longtime member of the Union Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon for several years and had served in several different areas of the church. He gave many volunteer hours of his time and resources.
He loved horses, four wheeling and was an avid bicyclist. At age 71, he rode a bicycle across the state of Georgia to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Estep; three sisters: Majolen Ward, Ora White and Iva Holder; and five nephews: Burle Estep, Sammy Lee White, David Jackson, Ross Jackson and Greg Deloach.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years: Betty Hazelwood Estep; A son & daughter-in-law: Charles Michael and Gail Estep, Johnson City; A Daughter: Judy Estep Grindstaff, Hampton; One Granddaughter: Micah Boone, Elizabethton; Four Great Grandchildren: Mike Johnson, Christian Boone, Jagger Ritchie and Melia Ritchie; Two Sisters: Hazel Jackson, Johnson City, and Joyce Deloach, of Pennsylvania; Several Nieces & Nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Strickland and Rev. Danny Bright officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Music will be provided by Amanda Strickland. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday, will be: Ray Harmon, Mark Berry, David Grindstaff, Fred Simerly, Mike Johnson, Cole Harmon, Chris Ritchie and Carl Lee Hazelwood. Honorary pallbearers will be: Michael Clawson, Rick Kilby, Gary Shingleton, Carroll Boone, A.B. Grindstaff, Lue Honeycutt and the Jerry Nave Sunday School Class of the Union Baptist Church.
To those who prefer memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Estep to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 1951, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37644; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1942.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Saturday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.