A native of Erwin, Grace is a daughter of the late Rudy and Pearl (Rodgers) Taylor. She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church, where she was an active member of the Ruth Class. She was an employee of Texas Instruments until retirement. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, shopping, socializing with her friends and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Grace is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe Lewis Erwin; brothers: Jack Taylor, Clint Taylor, Ray Taylor and J. D. Taylor; and sisters: Gladys Ruble and Mildred Sams.
Grace Edna Erwin leaves behind to cherish her memory: Sons: Larry Erwin and wife, Jackie, of Erwin, Phillip Erwin and wife, Marsha, of Erwin; Granddaughters: Christy Wyche and Husband, Jim, of Johnson City, Kimberly Moore, of Erwin, Kelly Laco and husband, Joe, of Atlanta, GA; Great-grandsons: Ryan Howard and wife, Erika, of Erwin, Adam Howard and wife, Megan, of Erwin, Jacob Laco, of Atlanta, GA, Kade Moore, of Erwin; Great-granddaughter: Rebecca Laco, of Atlanta GA; Step-great-grandsons: James Wyche, Johnathan Wyche, Jacob Wyche; 4 great-great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews; A host of special friends.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Health Care and of Christian Care Center of Unicoi County for their loving care during this difficult time.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Grace Edna Erwin in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A eulogy will be provided by Eddie Manfull. Musical selections will be provided by Karl Gasser. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service conducted by Adam Howard will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend the committal service should meet at Valley Funeral Home by 2:00 pm on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be: Kade Moore, Jacob Laco, Joe Laco, Ryan Howard, Jim Wyche and Adam Howard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Grace’s name to: Ninth Street Baptist Church, 310 9th Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences and memories may also be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Grace Edna Erwin through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.