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4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Jean English

September 24, 1937January 3, 2020
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Jean Carter English, 82, died on January 3, 2020, at her home in Kingsport, TN.

Her father, John Victor “JV” Carter, had a farm in Greene County and had a store that he ran was well. Her mother, Sadie Viola Murr Carter Burnett, was a homemaker. Jean’s stepfather was George Lawrence Burnett, whom worked at Magnavox.

Jean spent much of her younger years with her sister, Kathryne Fay Carter Fleenor, who went by “Fay”. They grew up playing in the home and spending time outside, a love they both kept their whole lives. Jean went to Greeneville High School and graduated in 1956. She married Charles English in 1958, and they were blessed with a marriage of 60 years. Charles preceded Jean in death on September 13, 2019.

Jean was a homemaker and dedicated much of her time to raising her three sons, Randy, Ken, and Robert English. She also worked many years helping operate the family business with Charles English for C. R. English Construction Company for over 25 years, and then 35 years with English Cabinet Shop, Inc.

Her interest included painting, gardening, home design, spending time with her family and grandchildren, traveling overseas, and cooking.

Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Charles English; parents John Victor Carter and Sadie Murr Carter Burnett, and stepfather, George Lawrence Burnett; sister, Kathryne Fay Carter Fleenor; brothers and sisters, Helen Ray Carter, John Victor “JV” Carter, Jr., Margaret Lucille Carter Foshee, Mary Edith Carter Cantrell, and Joanne Carter.

Jean is survived by her sons, Randy English, Ken English and wife Tammy McQueen English, Robert English and wife Terri Donihe English, and Richie Crowder (whom she thought of as a son) and wife Michelle Crowder; grandchildren, Elizabeth English Seguin and husband Alex Seguin, Holly English, Lorianne English, Karrie English, Mason Crowder and Maddie Crowder; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Randy Fleenor and wife Jeanie, Ray English and wife Doris, Harretta English Justis, and husband Danny, and Louise Matthew; special nieces and nephews, Carole Carter Miller, Betty Carter McNeese, and James V. “Jimmy” Carter, Vickie and Dennis Roddy, and Becky and Usop Chae; special friends, Jill Carter and Jenny Chellah; and the Suncrest team including Martha, Shanoah, Tina, Jackie, and Chaplin Vinney.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Jean will be laid to rest on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Everlasting Life II with Rev. Jack Stevens officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Devin Chae, Richie Crowder, Lewis Justis, Keith Justis, Dennis Roddy, and Usop Chae.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743.

  • FAMILY

  • Randy English, Son
  • Ken English and wife Tammy McQueen English, Son
  • Robert English and wife Terri Donihe English, Son
  • Richie Crowder and wife Michelle Crowder, Whom she thought of as a son
  • Elizabeth English Sequin and husband Alex, Holly English, Lorianne English, Karrie English, Mason Crowder, Maddie Crowder, Grandchildren
  • Randy Fleenor and wife Jeanie, Ray English and wife Doris, Harretta English Justice and husband Danny, Louise Matthew, Brothers-In-Law and Sisters-In-Law
  • Carole Carter Miller, Betty Carter McNeese, James V. "Jimmy" Carter, Vickie and Dennis Roddy, Becky and Usop Chae, Special Nieces and Nephews
  • Jill Carter, Jenny Chellah, Special Friends
  • Martha, Shanoah, Tina, Jackie, Chaplin Vinney, The Suncrest Team
  • John Victor "JV" Carter and Sadie Viola Murr Carter Burnett, Parents - Deceased
  • George Lawrence Burnett, Step-Father - Deceased
  • Charles English, Husband - Deceased
  • Kathryne Fay Carter Fleenor, Helen Ray Carter, John Victor "JV" Carter, Jr., Margaret Lucille Carter Foshee, Mary Edith Carter Cantrell, Joanne Carter, Brothers and Sisters - Deceased

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 9, 2020

Memories

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The Family

January 9, 2020

Alma Jean English - Eulogy
Friday, January 3, 2020

Some people are able to create an impact to the world. An impact that changed who you were and how you lived your life. Some of these people include Elvis, Jeff Gordon, and Pat Summit, all of who Jean loved. The soundtrack to many vacations were filled with Elvis music, and the background to our daily life at her house was filled with NASCAR, Lady Vols, or even The Bold and the Beautiful. These small sounds and moments filled our life alongside Jean.

Jean is one of our most impactful people that has shaped and changed our family. She was among the powerful people we have already listed, and she made us all want to be a better version of who we are. To know Jean made you proud to know her and blessed to be loved by her.

Often Jean was found endlessly taking care of everyone around her by cooking extremely good meals, always letting you know, “If it’s not any good, there’s sandwich meat in the fridge”. We all knew it was going to be beyond delicious, though Jean would always critique. She not only took care of her family, but she also took care of others around her. She treated the boys at the Shop with love and without fear to tell them exactly what she thought about something, and often her life-lessons were filled with truths.

She balanced this care with an incredible capacity for humor and quick wit. Her husband, Charles, met his match with Jean. She could hold her own against anyone, including her Charles, the Shop workers, and even her degenerative muscle disease. She was a fighter. She even reminisced once about when she and Charles were dating, they got into a fight, and she drove his car and left him carless for a night. For over 60 years, they would laugh and fight and play and be a team. They were the foundation for our family. Whether they ever made it to Niagara Falls or not… they were together. As Charles aged, he lost his hearing, but was always in tune to Jean’s voice. They loved each other deeply.

I think God prepared Jean for having 3 boys by growing up with her sister, and unconditional best friend, Fay. This bond was unbreakable, and it made Jean even more tough. It had to, as sometimes Jean would be left to get beat up by a bully, with Fay safe in the house. Or even the time Fay was getting attack by geese, so she threw the bread at Jean and ran. Nevertheless, Fay and Jean traveled together, raised their children together, and are now finally home together.

It’s a good thing Jean had those experiences before she had her 3 sons, Randy, Ken and Robbie. She was ready to hold her own, which I know the boys tested. She didn’t take any sass, just ask Ken about that if you don’t know the story. And she never knew what the boys were up to. In thinking back on the memories, the boys talked about how she would leave them in the car when running errands, and sometimes she would come back with all the boys sitting on the top of the car. Once, when she left Robbie in the car, he decided he would try to surprise her by jumping out of the car when she came back. She took a little longer than he expected, so he fell asleep. When she came back, she started driving down the road, and Robbie ended up falling out of the car and started chasing her down the road. Jean spoke about this as one of her most fearful times, and I would guess that Robbie felt the same way.

Now something I think we all knew about Jean was that she had a certain way about things. She loved Pepsi, and if you didn’t agree, you were just wrong. She felt like a milkshake and French fries are one of the best things to eat for lunch, and she cooked a certain way (the right way) for all her meals. Jean did not like having her photo taken, she absolutely hated when it snowed, and she always went to the Bank and the Post Office before she would get herself a milkshake while she was out. She kept her standing weekly hair appointment and she was fiercely independent and an incredibly strong and hard worker. She loved working in her flowers and together, with Charles, she grew a garden that she spent hours in.

She was also extremely artistic and talented. She passed this along to all her boys in different capacities. Randy with his ability to draw large drawing and make sense of space and time for designs, to Ken who was able to take that creative spirit in his work on landscape and flowers and love of the outdoors. Finally, Robbie, who took that creative talent and was able to draw and paint alongside Jean when they had time.

Though I could go on for days about other things that Jean accomplished, there is a quote that describes her even more perfectly. Maya Algelou stated, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. This captures her legacy— Jean made you feel at home. Welcomed, accepted, challenged, and loved.

She carried this same spirit throughout her disease. Even into her last few months and weeks of life, she was blessing us with her humor and with her ability to make others feel at home around her. She made the hospice nurses feel like they were a part of the family, and she made sure to ask them about their lives, never forgetting the stories they told her. She loved when Cracker Jack, Rev. Jack Stevens came to visit her, and she connected deeply to Jill and Jenny, whom spent their days talking, joking, and connecting with Jean.

And now the one who made you feel like home, is finally at her home with Jesus. God has followed through on all His promises, and we have more to come. But I know this, not only is Mammaw home, but she’s made whole. She did her part to serve during her time here with us, and now she is whole. Whole in body, whole in love, whole in the presence of Jesus, our Savior. She’s home. Reunited with her best friends, Charles, Fay, and her friend Jesus.

Mammaw, heaven has gained you, and what a glorious thing. We are only losing for a short time. This is not goodbye, but see you soon.


Michael Baker

January 6, 2020

So sorry to hear about this. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Mike Baker

Alan Green

January 5, 2020

Mrs. English was a special lady whom I was blessed to know for most of my life. My sincerest condolences to Randy, Ken, and Robbie, and their families. ❤️

Alan Green
San Francisco, California

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Biography

Jean English was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Jean will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Jean Carter English, 82, died on January 3, 2020, at her home in Kingsport, TN.

Her father, John Victor “JV” Carter, had a farm in Greene County and had a store that he ran was well. Her mother, Sadie Viola Murr Carter Burnett, was a homemaker. Jean’s stepfather was George Lawrence Burnett, whom worked at Magnavox.

Jean spent much of her younger years with her sister, Kathryne Fay Carter Fleenor, who went by “Fay”. They grew up playing in the home and spending time outside, a love they both kept their whole lives. Jean went to Greeneville High School and graduated in 1956. She married Charles English in 1958, and they were blessed with a marriage of 60 years. Charles preceded Jean in death on September 13, 2019.

Jean was a homemaker and dedicated much of her time to raising her three sons, Randy, Ken, and Robert English. She also worked many years helping operate the family business with Charles English for C. R. English Construction Company for over 25 years, and then 35 years with English Cabinet Shop, Inc.

Her interest included painting, gardening, home design, spending time with her family and grandchildren, traveling overseas, and cooking.

Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Charles English; parents John Victor Carter and Sadie Murr Carter Burnett, and stepfather, George Lawrence Burnett; sister, Kathryne Fay Carter Fleenor; brothers and sisters, Helen Ray Carter, John Victor “JV” Carter, Jr., Margaret Lucille Carter Foshee, Mary Edith Carter Cantrell, and Joanne Carter.

Jean is survived by her sons, Randy English, Ken English and wife Tammy McQueen English, Robert English and wife Terri Donihe English, and Richie Crowder (whom she thought of as a son) and wife Michelle Crowder; grandchildren, Elizabeth English Seguin and husband Alex Seguin, Holly English, Lorianne English, Karrie English, Mason Crowder and Maddie Crowder; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Randy Fleenor and wife Jeanie, Ray English and wife Doris, Harretta English Justis, and husband Danny, and Louise Matthew; special nieces and nephews, Carole Carter Miller, Betty Carter McNeese, and James V. “Jimmy” Carter, Vickie and Dennis Roddy, and Becky and Usop Chae; special friends, Jill Carter and Jenny Chellah; and the Suncrest team including Martha, Shanoah, Tina, Jackie, and Chaplin Vinney.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Jean will be laid to rest on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Everlasting Life II with Rev. Jack Stevens officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Devin Chae, Richie Crowder, Lewis Justis, Keith Justis, Dennis Roddy, and Usop Chae.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743.

Simply stated, Jean was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Jean leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Jean English.