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Don W. Tetrick

former owner of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, Tennessee, died August 26, 2012, at age 96. Tetrick graduated from Kansas City Junior College and Kansas City College of Mortuary Science. He moved to Elizabethton in 1943 and purchased H.S. North Funeral Home, now Tetrick Funeral Home. Licensed for 69 years, he was the oldest funeral director in Tennessee. Tetrick owned and operated the funeral home with his father until his father’s retirement in 1959. He was invited to become a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes in 1963 and owned Happy Valley Memorial Park from 1955-71, developing some of the first feature gardens and mausoleums in northeastern Tennessee. Son Bill now owns the memorial park and son Richard owns the funeral home. Tetrick retired in 1981. After his retirement, he served the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission, serving as chairman of the latter.
Tetrick was selected Outstanding Man of the Year by the Jaycees and served two terms as president. He also held every office in the Kiwanis club, including two terms as president, and was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year twice and elected a Life Board Member. Tetrick was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Elizabethton Rotary Club. He was active in the Carter County Chamber of Commerce, served two terms as president and was the first person to be recognized as Citizen of the Year. He was chairman of the Community Chest, predecessor of the United Way, and served as president of Cancer Society, The Heart Fund, Carter County Boys and Girls Club, March of Dimes and numerous other charitable organizations. With his father, he helped start the Carter County Rescue Squad, donating the first ambulance in 1951 and serving as a trustee for many years. In 1988, he was recognized as the Citizen of the Year by the VFW, a special honor as he was not a veteran. Tetrick also served as a member of the board of directors of Citizen’s Bank until his retirement from the board in 1987. He was one of the founders of Security Federal Bank and served as chairman of the board of directors for 47 years. He was a former member and chairman of the board of directors of Carter County Memorial Hospital and the first chairman of the board of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Tetrick was recognized in 2012 for “Outstanding Support to the Practical Nursing Program and its students by the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton Practical Nursing Program.”
He is survived by sons Bill and Richard, and four grandchildren.