Ralph E. Hamly 87, of Johnson City, died Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the Christian Care Center.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City, son of the late Ralph E. Hamly Sr. and Oma Clawson Hamly.
Ralph was Deputy Fire Chief for Johnson City Fire Department, having retired after 35 years service.
Ralph was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge #486 F&AM.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his first wife, Daisy Tipton Hamly; a sister, Henrietta Clark; a brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Rosa Hamly.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruby Bales Keys Hamly, of Johnson City; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca “Becky” Hamly and Steven Clayman, of Kingsport; a stepson, Kermit Wayne Church, of Honolulu, HI; a brother, Earl Hamly, of Kingsport; a grandson, Jason M. and wife, Brittani Clayman, of Abingdon, VA; three step granddaughters, Shannon Church Allena, of VA, Anita Church Bowes, of Lebanon, and Judy Knowles, of Norene; two great grandchildren, Abigail Grace and Wyatt Clarke Clayman, of Abingdon, VA; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2011, in the South Chapel of the Morris-Baker Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Rev. Lon Tobin and Mr. Phillip McLain.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at seven. Masonic rites will be given during the service. The Johnson City Fire Department Honor Guard will assist and serve as active pallbearers.
A committal service will be conducted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. in the Monte Vista Burial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be: Phillip McLain, Mike Hamly, David Wright, Bill Booker, Bill Bailey and Glen Arnold. Friends and family are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: the Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 207 N. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.
In charge of arrangements: Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.