John L. Hathaway
John L. Hathaway

December 21, 1912October 31, 2003 (90 years old)
Hometown: Elizabethton, TN
December 21, 1912October 31, 2003
(90 years old) | Elizabethton, TN


John Lusk Hathaway, age 90, 301 Daytona Place, Elizabethton died Friday afternoon while on his daily walk. He was a native of Elizabethton, and was the son of the late Major C.R. and Josie Lusk Hathaway. Mr. Hathaway was a 1931 graduate of Elizabethton High School and received his B.S. degree in the first Chemical Engineering Class of The University of Tennessee in 1935. After graduation from college he began working in the Chemical Laboratory of Bemberg Fibers. He spent his entire working career with Bemberg and Beaunit Fibers. He was the Chemical Division Superintendent from 1942 to 1954, the Production Manager and Plant Manager from 1954 till 1961, the Vice President of the Cupramonium Division of Beaunit Fibers from 1961 until 1966. He then became the Research Manager for Beaunit Fibers at Triangle Park, North Carolina from 1966 until his retirement in 1972. Following his retirement he taught mathematics at the Herman Robinson Vocational School from 1973 until 1977. Mr. Hathaway was a life time member of the First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton and was a member and president of the Wesley Sunday School Class. He was also a past president of the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club and was mentioned in the World Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Chambers Hathaway, May 5, 1996. He and Helen made sure their family stay close by gathering everyone on holidays and by providing a cabin on Holden Beach every July for 25 years.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn Hathaway Brown and Ed Brown of Columbia, SC, Frances Hathaway Sams and Elmer Sams, Jr., of Elizabethton, one son and daughter-in-law, John L. Hathaway D.D.S, and Nancy Luther Hathaway, of Johnson City, one sister, Florence Hathaway Williams, Bowmantown, TN, one special niece, Ann Williams Large, Bowmantown, TN, eight grandchildren, Tom Brown, Tampa, FL, Jody Farris, Nashville, TN, Sean Brown, Columbia, SC, Brad Sams, Rachelle Williams, Chad Sams, all of Elizabethton, John Hathaway, III, Johnson City, and Travis Hathaway, Charleston, SC, nine great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton with Rev. Buford Hankins and Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be under the direction of Elmer Sams, Jr. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be the following grandsons, Tom Brown, Sean Brown, Brad Sams, Chad Sams, John Hathaway, III and Travis Hathaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Williams, Kevin Farris, Members of the Wesley Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church, breakfast friends, friends and neighbors. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton or friends may call at the residence 301 Daytona Place, Elizabethton anytime. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Hathaway to General Fund of the First United Methodist Church, 325 East E. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to American Cancer Society, 209 S. Riverside Dr. Elizabethton, TN 37643.On line condolences may be sent to the family through our website at