East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN


Dr. Joseph A. Solomon

February 21, 1922August 3, 2019

This man, Dr. J.A. Solomon, Dr. Joe, Joseph, Daddy, Papa (Such a man…a godly man! A man after God’s very own heart) is absent from the body and present with the LORD at the age of 97.

From the time he dedicated his life to God at the age of 16 he wanted nothing more than to become a preacher, but God convicted his heart he was meant to serve Him as a doctor and he obeyed. After graduating from University of Richmond, VA in 1943, he went to medical school at Medical College of Virginia and completed residencies in pathology, surgery and obstetrics. Following medical school, he served his country as a Navy Surgeon on the USS Shenandoah in the Korean War. He was the only doctor on Mackinac Island, MI from 1956-1969 where he met and married Thelma Hollingsworth Solomon and they had their three daughters Jayne, Anne and Amy Jo. While on Mackinac Island, he also served as Public Health Officer and Mayor. The family moved to Abingdon, VA in 1970 where Dr. Solomon went into private general practice and also served as Coroner and Chief of Staff of Johnston Memorial Hospital. In 1975, he moved his private practice to Kingsport, TN. where he continued as a general practitioner until retirement in 1996. In his years in practice, Dr. Joe shared the gospel and led many hearts to Jesus and after retirement continued to care for patients as an on-call doctor for Holston Medical Group and on a voluntary basis for Friends In Need Health Center in Kingsport. He was involved in men’s prison ministry for over 20 years and in medical missions in India, Peru, Honduras and Venezuela.

Dr. Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Thelma Solomon; three daughters, Jayne McCoy and husband Terry, Anne Sonneberger and husband Steve and Amy Lunsford and husband Chris; as well as grandchildren Cori Pierson and fiancé Tim Peters, Jacob McCoy and wife Rebecca, Michael, Sarah and Sydney Middleton, Maci Ferguson and husband Andrew, Seth Sonneberger, and Haddie and Elsie Lunsford; and great-grandchildren Aria Peters, Lyla McCoy and Eli Ferguson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday August 17, 2019 at Celebration Church, 429 Shipley Ferry Rd, Blountville, TN 37617 with memorial service immediately following officiated by Robert Russell. Military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 3/265.


  • Thelma Solomon, Wife of Sixty Years
  • Jayne McCoy and husband Terry, Daughter
  • Anne Sonneberger and husband Steve, Daughter
  • Amy Lunsford and husband Chris, Daughter
  • Cori Pierson and financé Tim Peters, Jacob McCoy and wife Rebecca, Michael, Sarah and Sydney Middleton, Maci Ferguson and husband Andrew, Seth Sonneberger, Haddie and Elsie Lunsford, Grandchildren
  • Aria Peters, Lyla McCoy Eli Ferguson, Great-Grandchildren


  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


Dr. Joseph A. Solomon

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Mike Benjamin

August 17, 2019

My memory of Dr Solomon is from the mid 60's on Mackinac Island. I was about 8 years old. I was riding down the Grand hotel hill to get home for my brother's birthday. I was trying to go fast and had a nasty fall. Dr Solomon fixed me up at the medical center and joined our family for my brother's cake. His kindness that day has always stuck with me.

Florence Cowell

August 14, 2019

Dr Joe will be greatly missed . He was Loved by so many including myself. He was a wonderful Friend as well as my Dr growing up on the Island. Dr Joe delivered my Son Dennis and William. He was there for me when I lost my twins. Dr Joe when you see my Twins give them a hug for me. You will always have a place in so many lives that you touched. When my time comes , I will look for you. Walk with God Dear Dr Joe.

william shepherd

August 13, 2019

Mrs. Solomon and family,
I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the services for Dr. Joe, but just wanted to say what a blessing he was and will continue to be even with his passing.
Dr. Joe was one of those rare kinds of people that brought a smile to your heart whenever you saw or even thought of him.In short,
he was fun to be around, and was such a reflection of his Lord. Only heaven will reveal the bountiful fruit that his life produced.
To God be the glory!

Bill Shepherd and family

June MacFarlane

August 12, 2019

Dr. Joe gave me my first needle ... on Mackinac ... and I was never afraid again ... he was such a gentle man

June MacFarlane

Suzanne Ecker

August 12, 2019

On June 16, 1964, dr. Joe delivered my second daughter julie Anne ecker on mackinac island. He was truly a wonderful man.

Michael Wood

August 12, 2019

I first met Dr. Joe in Abingdon when he became my doctor, and later reconnected with him in Kingsport when I moved here. I have never met a more compassionate, caring doctor and man. I truly enjoyed my visits with him. He was truly caring about his patients. Thank you Dr. Joe for your wonderful care and support you provided me.

William (Pelican Bill) Siegler, Jr.

August 11, 2019

Dr. Solomon was a Gideon, and I (and my wife Lisa) first met Dr. Joe and Thelma about 12 years ago at a monthly Gideon Camp Meeting/Dinner. (Joe was a member of the East Kingsport Gideon Camp.) But the conversations I had with him after our weekly Gideon prayer breakfasts on Tuesday mornings when he could make them, at Shoney's on Ft. Henry were a joy and a pleasure. He was always sharing the Lord and he recounted how in his younger days he used our Gideon New Testaments in his sharing and witnessing for our Lord. I started providing him with testaments to use the next week. His presence at our August Camp Picnics at Eastman Park in August will be remembered fondly in 10 days at this year’s camp gathering. Walk upright and in peace Dr. Joe. BTW anyone reading this can send Thelma and the family " In Memory " bible cards, they can be found in the Gideon Card rack at East Lawn FH, (or contact me at the Gideons here in Kingsport) the cards are free and Bibles you chose to send will continue to be a witness to Dr. Joe and his amazing and enriched walk with the Lord. (the East Kingsport Gideon Camp will be sending "In Memory" Bibles in Dr. Joe's memory.) (Pelican Bill Siegler & wife Lisa-Gideon Card Chairman)

Rita Overbey

August 10, 2019

Dr. Solomon was my doctor for over 20 years. I loved this man from the moment I met him! He was such a good Christian man with the purest heart! He truly cared for his patients! Not only as a doctor but as a friend. I had the pleasure of seeing him twice after his retirement and not too long ago saw him out at a store. I am so thankful I got to see him again! He will be greatly missed!