Christopher Birchfield

July 14, 1970May 10, 2019

Chris (David Anthony Christopher) Birchfield blessed the world with his kind heart on July 14,1970.He went to Heaven on May 10,2019 at the age of 48. Chris was born in Johnson City, TN, the first-born son to Gary and the late Phyllis Birchfield. He met the love of his life, Kathy Henley, in July of 2002, and they were married in October 2004. One year later, his pride and joy, Philip, was born in October 2005. Chris graduated from Tusculum College in May 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management. He worked for Tele-Optics and later for the Johnson City Medical Center in the Audio Visual Department. He won a Servant's Heart Award at work in20l7 for going above and beyond in his care for others. Chris never met a stranger, cared for people, and was a selfless giver of his time and talents. He liked fishing with friends, playing and watching basketball with Philip, and helping others. He loved the Lord and going to church, and spending time with his family. Chris touched everyone who came in contact with him and he had a cheerful smile for all.

He was the best person one could ever have the blessing of knowing.

Chris is preceded in homecoming by his mother Phyllis Birchfield; maternal grandparents, John and Melodae Morrell; paternal grandparents, John and Virginia Birchfield; great uncles Jim Clark and Carl Denton; and second cousin, Paul Birchfield; and mother-in-law, Ruth Henley.

Left to mourn the loss of his sweet soul are Chris' wife Kathy Birchfield; son, Philip Birchfield; father, Gary Birchfield; brother, Travis Birchfield and wife Tracy; sister Raychel Keeling and husband Johnny; and nieces, Kailye and Kara Birchfield and Lilly Keeling; and father-in-law, Thomas Henley.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at East Lawn Funeral Home. A celebration of Chris' life will follow at 6:30 pm with Pastor Sherrel Nave officiating.

Chris will be laid to rest on Wednesday, May l5r20l9 at 3:00pm East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of the Good Shepherd.

Online condolences may be made to the Birchfield family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Birchfield family.


  • Kathy Birchfield, Wife
  • Philip Birchfield, Son
  • Gary Birchfield, Father
  • Travis Birchfield and wife Tracy, Brother
  • Raychel Keeling and husband Johnny, Sister
  • Thomas Henley, Father-in-law
  • Kailye and Kara Birchfield and Lilly Keeling, Nieces
  • Phyllis Birchfield, Mother- Deceased
  • John and Melodae Morrell, Maternal Grandparents - Deceased
  • John and Virginia Birchfield, Paternal Grandparents- Deceased
  • Jim Clark and Carl Denton, Great Uncles- Deceased
  • Paul Birchfield, Second Cousin- Deceased
  • Ruth Henley, Mother-in-law- Deceased


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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John Moody

May 16, 2019

Kathy & Phillip,
I am so sorry for your loss and you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Chris was as good as they come. I am grateful for having served with him through our Upward Basketball ministry at Sunnyside. I could always depend on him being at the gym to serve the kids. I loved watching him coach Phillip's teams over the past several years and still refereeing even after Phillip had moved on to school ball. He truly had a heart for kids and you could truly see Christ's love through his actions. It's untelling how many kid's lives were impacted during his time as an Upward coach/referee. Chris will be greatly missed.
May God's love comfort and sustain you in in the days to come.

Kristin Dykes-Phipps

May 15, 2019

It's hard to put into words what the Birchfield family means to me. I haven't been able to spend the amount of time I used to with you but you are as much my family as my own family. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the loss of Chris. He was such a gift to this world. I can only pray that God will keep his hands on each of you, especially Philip & guide him where Chris dreamed & prayed he would go. I love all of you!!!

Jeffery Lane

May 15, 2019

Words can't describe the feeling of loss I feel right now. Chris was a great friend back in school at volunteer and I saw him almost Every day at church hill pool.Im so sorry for your loss Mr B.
I can only pray that God sends you a peace that surpasses all understanding to your whole family


May 15, 2019

Hugs Love n Prayers!😇❤💙 loved Chris smile n him helping me at church!😇❤💙

Lori Hubbard

May 14, 2019

He was the kindest person I have ever met. He was always there to help me out at JCMC. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone out. He was a great Christian and he will be so missed. It was a priviledge knowing and working with him.

Pam Reed

May 14, 2019

I worked with Chris at Johnson City Med Center. He was a very special young man; always willing to help when I needed audio visual assistance. My thoughts and prayers for his family during this very difficult time.

Doug Janz

May 14, 2019

Chris was just a great person to work with and to be around. We worked at a lot of events together for Mountain States and Ballad Health and I enjoyed every minute with him. Always a fun, positive, helpful person. My deepest sympathies to the family and his close friends and co-workers; we have all lost a good one. Chris will be sorely missed.

Jessie Forbis Carney

May 14, 2019

I went to high school and graduated with Chris. I hadn't seen him much since then, but on occasion when I ran into him through out the years, he was still that down to earth genuine guy as he was back then. Prayers for comfort and strength for his family and friends during this difficult time.

Rhonda Carpenter

May 14, 2019

Chris had a special way with people. Worked with him at BMS for many years. Always willing to help anyone. Will miss him very much. Prayers for this family who has endured such losses.

Debbie Lane Weiderman

May 14, 2019

Hugs & Prayers to All! Fond memory of a very young Chris in 1974 greeting me at 1/2 time during baskeball games.