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Joann (Guinn) Paulfrey

October 13, 1930 ~ March 8, 2019 (age 88)

1 John 3:2….But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Joann Guinn Paulfrey, age 88, of Johnson City, passed away on March 8, 2019 at the Waters of Johnson City. She was born October 13, 1930 in Erwin, Tennessee. Her family later moved to Kingsport where she graduated from Dobbins Bennett High in 1948. From the early age of 6, Joann wanted to be a teacher. She attended East Tennessee State College obtaining her teaching degree in 1951. She began her teaching career with the Kingsport City Schools and then taught in Corpus Christi, Tulsa, Miami and finally for the Johnson City Schools 1974-1991 until her retirement after 40 years experience. She was a member of Central Baptist Church.

She was married to Dale Paulfrey on October 3, 1954 at First Baptist Church Kingsport by W.R. Rigell. Dale was her best friend. They were married for 64 years until his passing six months ago. They did everything together. They could be seen eating at various local restaurants every day of the week. Joann loved meeting new people and making them feel welcome, and of course, talking about her grandkids. She loved and served her savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joann is preceded in death by her husband Dale Paulfrey, father Marion Pierce Guinn, mother Florence Gillis Guinn, a two-year-old sister Virginia Lee Guinn, brother William Harold Guinn and his wife Montese Guinn.

Those left to cherish her memory include Joann’s daughter Kelly Brown and husband Dane Brown, daughter Karen Fickley and husband Jim Fickley, her grandchildren Kevin Brown and wife Eunice Brown of Birmingham, AL, Darren Brown of Atlanta, GA, Mark Brown and Philip Brown, Brian Fickley of Atlanta, GA, Anna Fickley of Knoxville, TN, Sarah Fickley of Colorado Springs, CO, and Anderson Fickley.

Funeral services will be conducted at Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, March 10, 2019 with Tim Tapp officiating. The family will receive friends 2:00-3:30 P.M. prior to the service. Graveside services and interment will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Martin’s Creek Cemetery, 1007 Carolina Ave. Erwin, TN with Dr. Tommy Hood officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Brown, Darren Brown, Mark Brown, Philip Brown, Brian Fickley and Anderson Fickley.


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