Ben H. Essary

BRISTOL — Ben H. Essary, age 84, of Bristol, TN, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, son of the late Robert Sherman Essary and Maude Irene Johnson Essary. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Bruce; one brother-in-law, Jim Ed Bruce; and two twin nephews, Dan and Don Bruce.

Ben graduated from Lincoln Memorial University where he played basketball for four years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He married his sweet heart Madge on June 16, 1956 and they moved to the Bristol area in 1960. He worked as the Chief Medical Technologist at Bristol Memorial Hospital. He then went to work for Beecham Laboratories where he retired from in 1990.

After retirement he went into business with Dr. Bob Vann and John Vann as a Co-Owner/Operator of C.T.M.S. Ben was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Bristol Country Club and The Virginian. He was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Madge J. Essary; two daughters, Taisa Essary Novak and husband Steve, and Tanya Elaine Essary; his three grand dogs, Buffy, Kali, and Devin; and one niece, Judy Bruce Palmer and husband Roger.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 PM with Rev. Caroline Hawthorne and Rev. Martin Jones officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 105 North Street, Bristol, VA 24201 or to , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting

Arrangements especially for Mr. Essary and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.

Funeral Home

Oakley Cook Funeral Home
2223 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 764-7123

Published in Claiborne Progress from May 30 to May 31, 2018