He was born on February, 7, 1930 and was a native of Avery County, NC. He had lived in Evansville, IN; Kansas City, KS, and Johnson City, TN since 2000. Mr. Church was a son of the late Marion and Hildreth Lewis Church and was of the Baptist Faith. He was employed by Whirlpool in Evansville for eleven years and by Capitol Truck lines in Kansas City, MO for 30 years. Mr. Church proudly served his country in Guam as U.S. Marine in H Company, 3rd Divisions, 5th Marines from 1948 to 1952.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Donna Church in 1987 and his stepson Robert Pease (wife Pamela), his brother Edgar Church, sister Myrtle Cross, his sister Lela, his sister Zell, his brother Bobby, his sister Dory, his sister Dorothy, and his sister Edna.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his fiancé Sharon Raye, Johnson City, his son Michael A. Church and his wife Elaine Church, Buckner, MO, his daughter Terri Davis-Beaupre and her husband Steven Beaupre, Fayetteville, AK, his son Herman L. Church, Kansas City, KS, his grandson Nigel Church and wife Jenny Church, Columbia, MO, his granddaughter Arti Church, Buckner, MO, his fiancé’s daughters Laurie Johnston and Julie Hofman, his fiancé’s grandson Christopher Johnston, his sister Doris Scott, Watauga, his sister Ada, Asheville, NC , and his sister, May, GA. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Mickey Church and his wife Claudia, Columbia, SC, Kenny Church and his wife Cindy, Spartanburg, SC, Sharon Sue Creech and her husband Gene, Morrison, Dan Church and his wife Karen, Tampa, FL, Linda Copas, Johnson City, Jimmy (Buck) Church and his wife Juanita, Jonesborough, Darrell Pete Church and his wife Miki, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard (Coot) Church and his wife Leslie, Port Orange, FL, Marti Collins , Johnson City, Wendy Alexander and her husband Jeff, Limestone, Cindy Bogart, Johnson City, Mark Scott, Watauga, and many beloved great nieces and nephews.
The visitation for Mr. Church will be on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00PM at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 E Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601. The graveside service will be on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Mountain Home National Cemetery Annex, in Cortege Lane. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
The family suggests contributions to the Marine Corps Foundation, PO Box 1123, Quantico, VA 22134 or St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Memphis, TN.
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Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Church family. (423) 282-1521