Earl Brooks Nidiffer, 103, Johnson City, died peacefully Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness.
Earl was a native of Polk County, lived in Elizabethton before his family moved to Johnson City in 1923.
He was a son of the late Cephus Grant Nidiffer and Sara Elizabeth Myers Nidiffer.
Earl was educated in the Elizabethton and Johnson City public schools. He graduated from what is now E.T.S.U. in 1934 and later was past-president of the Alumni Association and a member of the Presidents Trust. After one quarter at E.T.S.U., Earl dropped out of school and worked for the Dominion Natural Gas Company in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, before returning to E.T.S.U. to complete his degree.
Upon his graduation, Earl went to work the same day as sports editor of the fledgling Johnson City Press Chronicle, in a store building on West Market, between McClure and Boone Streets. He later worked briefly in the payroll department at Eastman. Earl was then hired by the U.S. Postal Service in 1937, where he spent the next thirty-five years, the last seventeen of which, as Assistant Postmaster, prior to his retirement.
He attended Central Baptist Church for more than eighty years, where he was a deacon and a secretary of his Sunday school class for thirty-six years.
Earl’s interests included traveling, gardening, gourmet cooking, yeast bread baking, and he was an avid golfer for nearly seventy years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-nine years, Lucille Gray Nidiffer, in 1996, six sisters and two brothers.
Earl is survived by his son, Dr. Gordon G. Nidiffer and wife Rebecca S. Nidiffer, Sarasota, FL; his granddaughter, Kirsten Lurene Williams and husband Charles Williams, Fayetteville, GA; his great-granddaughter, Morgan Taylor Williams, Fayetteville, GA; one extra-special cousin, Lizetta Peirce and her family.
The funeral service will be conducted Friday, August 8, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. from the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home, with Dr. Ronald Murray officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Seaton, Keith Lyle, Trey Williams, Lawrence Pierce, Ron Arp, Dr. & Mrs. Bomar Herrin, and Dave Hogan.
The graveside committal service and interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Friday prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions, please do so to the charity of your choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Nidiffer family. (423) 928-6111