Ethel Crisp

    Ethel Crisp, 95, of Murphy, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at her home.
    She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, and the daughter of the late Lloyd and Ida Patterson Martin.
    Ethel was a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
    Ethel enjoyed working in her vegetable garden and preserving the fruits of her labor.
    She also enjoyed her flower garden. She grew anything from regular flowers to roses, and often would dig and grow wild wood flowers. She loved her cows.
    Ethel was a member of New Martins Creek Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Eugene Crisp, and second husband, Glen William Crisp; two grandchildren, Roddie Coffey and Brandus Crisp; two great-grandchildren, Jacqueline Crisp and Desiree Mull; one brother, George Lex Martin; seven sisters, Annie Carringer, Helen Cearley, Lora Bell Crisp, Iva Lou McCullough, Arvil Shelton, Otis Crowe and Arlene Hardman; and son-in-law, Kenneth Coffey.
    She is survived by two sons, Alvin Crisp and wife Donna of Douglasville, Ga., and Ben Crisp and wife Jackie of Hayesville; four daughters, Charlotte Ball of Murphy, Virginia Coffey of Marble, Thelma Jean Mull and her significant other Ray Ledford of Hayesville, and Brenda Everett and husband Mac of Blairsville, Ga.; three brothers, Dewy Martin, J.D. Martin and Howard Martin; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at New Martins Creek Baptist Church. The Revs. Aud Brown and Hoyt Brown officiated. Tammy Womack and Ben Crisp also were speakers. Burial was in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Stanley Crisp, Doug Crisp, Travis Crisp, Shon Crisp, Lucas Mull, Lonnie Randall and Justin Ward.
    The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at New Martins Creek Baptist Church.
    You may send tributes to the Crisp family at www.townson-rose.com.
    Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.