Carolyn Jewel Hundley Hamilton Pickens

June 7, 1940 ~ December 9, 2019

Born in: Knoxville, Tennessee
Resided in: Johnson City, Tennessee

Carolyn Jewel Hundley Hamilton Pickens, 79, of Johnson City, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, December 9, 2019, following a brief illness.

She was born in Knoxville on June 7, 1940, to the late Rondal and Wanna Hundley.

Carolyn attended Science Hill High School, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. She graduated in 1958, and has faithfully attended monthly gatherings for her graduating class in the time since.

She enjoyed reading, learning about history, going to the beach, attending church, and playing card games. Carolyn enjoyed these things even more when she could share them with family and friends.

As a member of Boone Trail Baptist Church, Carolyn had a heart for service. She never missed an opportunity to join her friends in Sunday School.

Though she worked many places over the years, the one closest to her heart was her job as hostess at the People’s Street Chik-Fil-A. Here she was known as “Miss Carolyn”, and everyone she met was known as a new friend. Her greatest gift was that she made everyone feel like they were her favorite, and she always took the time to make sure that people knew how special they were.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: brother, Coach Tommy Hundley; favorite aunt, Georgie Johnson; and step-son, Lee Pickens.
Survivors include: son, Ronny Hamilton and his wife Tammy, and their sons Jordan, Corey and his wife, Livvy; daughter, Robin Bowman and her husband Eddie, their daughter Elizabeth Martin and her husband Phillip, son Chad Brown and his wife Clarissa, their sons, Beau and Drew; daughter, Jodi Pugh and her boyfriend Michael Hubbard, her children, Mason Pugh, Peyton Pugh; father of her children, Bobby J. Hamilton; step-daughter Nicole Pate, and many cherished friends.

The family of Carolyn Pickens will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Boone Trail Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow, officiated by Pastors Dwight Jenkins and Josh Lake. A committal service will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Family and friends are asked to gather at the graveside by 9:50 AM.

Pallbearers will be: Chad Brown, Jordan Hamilton, Corey Hamilton, Mason Pugh, Peyton Pugh, and Wayne Richards.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Washington County Johnson City Animal Shelter, 3411 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601, or to Good Samaritan Ministries Inc, 100 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 3760.


Visitation: December 12, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Boone Trail Baptist Church

Johnson City, Tennessee

Funeral Service: December 12, 2019 6:30 pm

Boone Trail Baptist Church

Johnson City, Tennessee

Graveside Service: December 13, 2019 10:00 am

Monte Vista Memorial Park
1900 East Oakland Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

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  1. Pete Sanders says:

    My condolences to Jodi and family. It honestly broke my heart when I heard of her passing. She always treated me as one of her own and no matter how long the time was between my seeing her she always told me she loved me before she would let me go. I will miss her smile, her laugh, and her kindness. I will always remember the love she gave and the talks we had. God speed to her family and friends.

  2. Myra Cox says:

    To The Family Of Carolyn Pickens,
    I worked with Carolyn at Minco she was such
    a dear and sweet friend. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone
    are with each and everyone of you. God Bless
    Each and Everyone of You.

  3. Jenny Hernandez says:

    To the family of Carolyn,
    I work with Carolyn at Minco, she was such a sweet and dear friend. She will be missed. Prayers going out to the family.

  4. Eric Ryans says:

    To the family,
    It is with deep sadness to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was truly a wonderful lady and a lifelong friend to the Ryans family. Whenever you got the chance to see her and talk with her you definitely received a BLESSING! A true angel has left our midst, and gone on to take her rightful place in Heaven with our Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with the family to receive peace, comfort and understanding through this difficult time.

  5. Shona Feathers Stoots says:

    Ronnie, Robyn & Jodi, I send my deepest symphathy in the passing of your beloved Mother. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort. May God bless you with comfort.

  6. Jerry & Gay Whitt says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn’s wonderful family that she cherished so much and to all of
    her friends who share in this loss. It was such a blessing to her SHHS family of classmates
    who looked forward to every meeting and special event that included her and her special
    and caring outreach to all of us. Our prayers go out to everyone that was touched by her
    presence and blessed by knowing her.

  7. Priscilla Onks Starnes says:

    Carolyn was one of a kind..she loved everyone she knew and always made you feel like you were special….but she was the special one. No one enjoyed life like Carolyn and had more friends than sand on the beach. So thankful I got to see her this past fall. She had a servants heart and her love for God flowed through her to all she met. We will miss you dear friend.

  8. June Adkins says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family of Carolyn.
    She will be missed.
    Sincerely, June Adkins and family

  9. Teresa Milhorn says:

    i am so sorry for your loss you all are in my throughts and prayers

  10. Kathi Horne says:

    We only knew Carolyn for a short time when she moved in across the street, but loved her dearly.
    She had such a wonderful, upbeat personality and had no problem speaking her mind, which I
    greatly respected. We will miss seeing her very much.

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