January 26, 1929 - November 18, 2014
Bristol – Max Edward Counts, 85 died on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born January 26, 1929 in Kingsport, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin Luther Counts and Annie Mary Counts, brother Howard Jack Counts, sister Hazel Schuettler, sons David Martin Counts and Timothy Paul Counts. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Helen Yates Counts of Bristol, TN, son Steve Counts and his wife Kim Counts of Bristol TN, daughter Jane Counts and her fiancée Ron Micsak of Lebanon, TN, niece Marilyn Hardin of Mount Juliet TN, nephew Howard Counts of Winchester TN, grandchildren Stephen Michael Counts Jr. and wife Lana Counts of Johnson City, TN, Laura Counts of Maryville, TN, Eric Counts and Kathryn Counts of Leesburg, VA, Kirsten Counts of Morgantown WV, Benjamin Edward Counts of Alexandria VA, Jennifer Raminez of Raleigh NC and Erin Anne Elliott of Myrtle Beach SC. Max was a 1947 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and 1951 graduate of East Tennessee State College with a degree in Engineering. He moved to Bristol, VA in 1953 to work as an Engineer for Sperry-Farragut Company and moved to Bristol, TN in 1962. He worked for Raytheon Missile Systems Division Bristol, TN as Manager of Engineering Services- Design & Drafting from 1957 until he retired early in 1991. Max also taught evening design and drafting courses at King College. Max was a member of State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, VA and was active in many areas of the church. He served as Missions Chair when they supported a Laotian refugee family’s relocation to Bristol. He taught the young father to drive, helped him get a driver’s license, helped teaching him English and in many other ways to provide help with the family’s adjustment to their new location and for the necessities the family needed. Other church members provided everything to help the young family. In 1992 Max and Helen accepted a foreign exchange student, Rene Hartung from Unna, Germany to live with them for the school year. He was a senior and graduated from Tennessee High School and attended State Street Church. Rene was in the band and played drums as Max had at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport. The families later exchanged visits as Rene’s family came to America and Max and Helen went to Germany. Max enjoyed woodworking, building and gardening. He raised flowers of every kind. He had a Boston terrier as a little boy and named him Dopey. Through the years, he always had one or two little Boston’s. He could often be seen in the neighborhood walking his puppies, Lacie and Dolly and they will miss him. When Max was born, his mother had health problems for a year. Their good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Hugh (Lee) Gladson took Max and cared for him for a year until his Mother was well. Through the years, Mrs. Gladson taught Max all about growing flowers, working outside to cultivate them. She worked with the children at Broad Street Methodist Church and took Max along with her to help her with preparations for getting the classrooms ready for Sunday school. He always thought of her as a special friend and they remained so throughout her life. Max was in the first confirmation class in the new Broad Street Church. Max and Helen were long time members of Fidelis Class at State Street UMC taught by Joe Hardwick. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Counts will be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Kingsport, TN on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 PM with the Reverend Jonathan Jonas officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Hardwick, Blountville TN, Richard Hopkins, Bristol, VA, Marcellus Evans, Canton, NC, Hal Newman, Kingsport, TN, Jim Hardin, Mt Juliet, TN, Howard Counts, Winchester, TN, Bob Waterfield, The Villages, FL. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 PM.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Max Counts.
Bristol – Max Edward Counts, 85 died on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born January 26, 1929 in Kingsport, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin Luther Counts and Annie... View Obituary & Service Information
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