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Oliver Epley, Bluff City

Published November 11th, 2011 11:02 pm

BLUFF CITY — Oliver Lincoln “Doc” Epley Jr., 55, 219 Highway 19E, Bluff City passed away Friday November 11, 2011, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
Oliver had a long and courageous battle with throat cancer. He was a native of Newport, Tenn., and a son of the late Oliver & Virginia Lee Epley. He was retired due to disability as a truck driver for Wal-Mart. He had served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his wife: Tinkie Garland Epley; Two Daughters: Amber Epley, Morristown, and Amanda Epley, Kingsport; Two Step-Sons: James T. Reece Jr. and wife, Tina, and Jesse Lee Reece and wife, Stacy, all of Elizabethton; Seven Grandchildren: Jessica Reece, Dillon Reece, Gabriel Reece, Faith Stewart, Alexis Reece, Eli Reece and Elizabeth Reece; Two Brothers: Robert Shults, Salisbury, North Carolina, and Mike Shults, Pigeon Forge; Two Sisters: Brenda Gail Griffith and Victoria Darlene Fowler, both of Newport; Several Nieces & Nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Alan King officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, will be: Robbie Miller, Michael Shults, Steven Shults, James T. Reece Jr., Jesse Lee Reece and Tony Garland. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expense.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton, is in charge.