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James D. Estep, Jr. of Tazewell, Tennessee passed away 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Estep was saved at the age of 13 at Cumberland Gap Baptist Church and he was a member of New Tazewell United Methodist Church. He was born on January 1, 1925, in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee where he served as Mayor in 1954. He served as Claiborne County Judge from 1956 until 1966 for Claiborne County, Tennessee. He practiced law for 64 years and founded Estep & Estep, Attorneys-At-Law in Tazewell, Tennessee.
Upon graduation from Middlesboro High School in Middlesboro, Kentucky, he was inducted into the United States Army and served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge as a Corporal he graduated from The University of Virginia and from The University of Tennessee School of Law. He retired as part time Assistant Attorney General after serving with Attorney General Arzo Carson and Attorney General Paul Phillips. He loved University of Tennessee sports and attended 63 consecutive Tennessee vs. Alabama football games, home and away.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James D. Estep, Sr. and Nell Howard Estep; sisters, Dorothy Estep Clawson and Ann Howard Estep. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth G. Estep; children, James D. Estep, III and wife, Yvonne J. Estep; Ellen Estep Merritt and husband, Bob Merritt and Robert M. Estep and wife, Theresa A. Estep; grandchildren, James D. Estep, IV and wife, Whitney D. Estep, William J. Estep, Mark R. Estep, Amy E. Estep and Paul M. Estep; great grandchildren, Izabelva D. Estep and Zayvalee J. Estep; brothers-in-law, John F. Clawson and wife, Brenda Clawson, Morris Gillespie and wife, Geraldine Gillespie and sisters-in-law, Ann Walling and husband, Manley Walling and Mary G. Bratton; several nephews and nieces.
A visitation of friends will be held at the Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home in New Tazewell, Tennessee on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with funeral services to follow. The funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Steve Parker and Reverend James D. Estep, IV. Music will be provided by Stanley Leonard. Pallbearers will be James D. Estep, IV, William J. Estep, Mark R. Estep, Paul M. Estep, James R. Clawson, John E. Clawson and Barry Poole. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Tazewell United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Harrogate (Meador) Cemetery in Harrogate, Tennessee on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with full military honors conferred by the Tri County Veterans Honor Guard.
Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home, New Tazewell, Tennessee is honored to be serving the family.