Mildred "Vee" Unavee Barker Fleenor

March 15, 1922June 27, 2011

Mildred Unavee Barker Fleenor, age 89, of Kingsport, Tn. passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, and entered into rest with the Lord at 3:15 p.m. Monday, June27, 2011 at her residence following a brief illness. Mildred “Vee” graduated from Blountville High School in 1940, and married Rye Fleenor on June 18, 1940. Rye was a pastor for almost forty years in the East Tennessee area, and as a pastors wife Vee enjoyed working alongside her husband. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to her husband ( 2009) and daughter Kaye Fleenor (2010), she was preceded in death by her parents, Kyle and Mary Alice Carpenter Barker, two brothers, Earl and Ross Barker, and a great grandson Gabriel Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Murray, Christie Gannaway and husband Jack all of Kingsport, three granddaughters, Lisa Lane, Holly Dingus and Chesney Gannaway; six grandsons, Rob Cain and fiancee Mary O'Neill,Tim Murray and wife Rebecca, Andy Murray and fiancée Rhonda Bailey, Jason Smith, Matthew Murray and wife Julie, and Brooks Gannaway, one great-granddaughter, Gracie Murray; five great-grandsons, Austin Cain and wife Sara, Christian McKay, Andrew Glover , Riley Murray, and Cayden Dingus, brother in law, Rev. Harry Fleenor and Peggy, several nieces and nephews, and a special pet, Lucky. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, at East Lawn Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel with the Rev. Harry Fleenor , the Rev. Mike Fleenor, and Minister Andrew Glover. Graveside services will be held at 12 Noon, Thursday, at East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. Please visit us at to leave a condolence to the Fleenor family. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wellmont Hospital and Hospice nurses and CNA’s.

Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mildred "Vee" Unavee Barker Fleenor

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Carolyn Smith

July 4, 2011

My deepest sympathy to all family members and friends, I so enjoyed talking with her,Kaye, and Rye at St. Luke UMC

Sincerely, Carolyn Smith (former organist at St. Luke UMC)

June 29, 2011

We are sorry to learn of Mildred's death. We have known the Fleenor Families for years. Mildred is the sister of the late Earl Barker who is my son-in-law's late father.
Earl and "Toodie" Feathers

June 29, 2011

Christie, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I am glad I was able to meet you and take care of her when she was a patient on W-3 at Holston Valley. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike Collins

June 28, 2011

Dear Family,
I am so sorry to read of the loss of Mrs. Fleenor. Though I didn't know her personally, I knew Rye well. Rye gave me a job at East Lawn while I was trying to find a school teaching job,and also worked with my uncle at the Eastman. When my uncle passed away in 1974 my aunt chose Rye to hold his funeral.
I am sure Rye was waiting to meet her when she crossed o'er the shore a short time ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike Fields

Janelle Poore

June 28, 2011

Mrs. Fleenor was such a sweet and precious lady. We will always remember her with a smile! Our family loves your family so! And you all hold a special place in our hearts! - Love to all, Dave and Janelle (Jones) Poore