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Denton Sansom, Elizabethton

Published October 14th, 2011 10:23 pm

ELIZABETHTON — Denton Charles Sansom, 84, Elizabethton, passed away Thursday October 13, 2011, at his residence.
A native of Vulcan, West Virginia, he was a son of the late Jason and Dorcas DeBord Sansom. He had lived in Carter County since 1964.
He was retired from the United States Marine Corps after Twenty-Five years of service with the rank of 1st Sgt. He served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era.
Denton was the first Director of the Civil Defense of Carter County. He retired in 1992. He designed the original Seal of Carter County.
He was a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge # 238 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Dungan Chapel Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Kress Sansom; a son, Bobby Sansom; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include Two Daughters: Kimberly A. Sansom, Nashville, and Lori Sansom, of the home; A Son & Daughter-In-Law: Michael & Beverly Sansom, Elizabethton; His Grandchildren: Jason Sansom and wife, Samantha, Amy Saylor, Holly Sansom and Travis Sansom and wife, Jennifer; His Great Grandchildren; Reagan Scott Sansom, Jaden Saylor and one on the way; Three Sisters: Mabel Schneider, Orlando, Florida, Helen Wilson, North Matewan, West Virginia, and Sylvia Hinkle, of Ohio; Several Nieces & Nephews; His Dog, Pico.
Graveside Services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Kress Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Heaton and Travis Sansom officiating.
Burial will follow the service. Military Honors and Pallbearers will be provided by the Marine Corps. Honorary Pallbearers will be nieces & nephews.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Heather Pinon, Ada Pinon, Juanita Graham, Lela Stout, Charlie Bower and Johnson City Medical Center Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence.
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Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.