ROAN MOUNTAIN — Warren G. Heaton, 89, of Roan Mountain, TN, died peacefully, on December 30, 2011, at his home after an extended illness surrounded by his loving family.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County and Roan Mountain where he lived with his wife of 64 years, Blanche Bateman Heaton, on the family farm cleared by his grandfather, John Bell Radford. He is also survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Will and Debra Heaton of Lakeland, TN and Larry and Kenny Lou Heaton of Roan Mountain, his grandson Adam Heaton, and step-grandson Nick Street, and great grandsons Dustin and Damon Heaton, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom he loved and cherished dearly.
He was predeceased by his grandson Austin Heaton, his step-granddaughter Aimee Street, his brother Milburn Heaton and wife Reba, his brother John Heaton and wife Fay, his sister Cordia Marie Heaton Shull and husband Monte, his parents William Francis and Dollie Radford Heaton.
Mr. Heaton was a 1942 graduate of Cloudland High School, and a lifelong booster and supporter of the school. An exceptional athlete, he was a member of the school’s first football team. He attended Milligan College where he played basketball until he joined the military, and served with distinction in the South Pacific during World War II, spending almost three years on Guadalcanal.
Upon his return to Carter County and his beloved Roan Mountain after the war, he and his brother Milburn were merchants and ran a trucking business for several years while also working their family farm where they raised beef cattle and tobacco. He was also employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, where he made many friends during his years of working on local highway projects.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener and loved sharing his produce with his friends and neighbors.
Mr. Heaton was a lifelong member of Roan Mountain United Methodist Church.
The family extends their sincere thanks for the kindnesses shown by Fallon Hopson and Jon Buck, as well as to the staff of Mountain States Home Health Care and Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice, especially to Betty, DiAnn, and Tammy, and for the love, prayers, and support of their RMUMC Minister, Dennis Milhorn.
The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Roan Mountain United Methodist Church, 307 Johnson St., Roan Mountain, TN 37687.
The funeral will be held at Roan Mountain United Methodist Church on January 1, 2012 where the family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m., with the funeral services to start immediately afterward. A brief graveside service will then be held at Roan View Cemetery, in Roan Mountain. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423-542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home Roan Mountain is in charge of the services. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.