June 17, 2020
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116 Johnson City- Linda Sue Morton went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Born to Silas Goodman and Maxie Cole Goodman, Linda was the youngest of their six children. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Goodman, Bobbie Goodman Russell, and Lucille Goodman Depew; one brother, Paul Goodman; and by her husband of 46 years, Cecil Morton, who was the one true love of her life. Linda is survived by her son, Shane Morton, and wife Brittney; one sister, Wanda May, and her beloved brother-in-law who was like a brother, “Coach” Bob May; special cousin and friend, Carolyn Ferguson (Dana); special friend and #2 “son” Rev. Tim Collins; one granddaughter, Holly Morton; two nieces, Trish Teetor and Allene Holland; several cousins. Linda deeply loved her family and was the happiest when they were all together. She retired from Johnson City Belk, having been recognized as Proffitt’s Sales Support “Star of the Year.” While living in Jefferson County, Linda taught Math and Reading in Special Education at Jefferson Elementary School. She attended Tri-Cities Technical School and Carson-Newman College, earning her certification in Electrical Wiring, and was employed by North Electric Corporation. Linda was known throughout the Community as a hard worker, honest, and caring; to know Linda was to love Linda. She was the daughter of a preacher, and came to know and love the Lord as a child. Linda was a strong Christian and member of Grace FWB Church, Johnson City, where she served on the Caring Hands Committee. No matter where she lived, Linda served the Lord and others. She taught Sunday School, served on Committees, volunteered in local nursing homes, in Johnson City School cafeterias, for Washington County Elections, and was a Leader in Boy Scouts of America. Linda was a charter member of the East Tennessee Republican Club, assuming an active role in local and state politics. She was appointed State of Tennessee Colonel Aide de Camp, Governor’s Staff, and completed the 2nd Citizens Police Academy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Linda was a founding member of the Thursday Evening Tea & Bunco Club for Genteel Southern Ladies, and counted “the Bunco Girls” as her closest friends. Special Thanks to Dr. Turney Williams, whose constant care and encouragement has been such a blessing. Thank You to Melissa Leake, Dr. Frank Johnson, and to all of Linda’s wonderful Caregivers who attended Linda with such love: Kathy Jo Shelton, Lisa McNeely, Paula Barnett, Marie Jackson, Kandy Danielsen, and Kallie Lister. Receiving of friends will be Sunday, June 21, from 4-6PM, with the Funeral Service to follow at 6 PM in the Sanctuary of Grace FWB Church, 2110 Knob Creek Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604, with Rev. Curtis Hurt, officiating. For those unable to attend, the live-streamed service will be available at www.GraceFWBC.com, or on Grace FWBC FaceBook. Active pallbearers are the Honorable Stacy Street, Dr. Turney Williams, Dr. Todd Fowler, Dr. Jeff Banyas, Ashley Greene, Marlin Danielsen, Jeff Lee, Peter Johnson, Frank Hawkins, and Carroll Rogers. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Dana Ferguson, Rev. Tim Collins, Rev. Eric Godfrey, Don Hughes, Roddy Bird, Bob Thacker, and Darrell Booker. Graveside Committal Service will be Monday, June 22, at 11AM, in East Tennessee Cemetery, Blountville. Those planning to attend may meet at Appalachian Funeral Home by 10:15AM to proceed with the family to the cemetery, or meet at the cemetery by 10:55AM.
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