Ivan Dempsey, Sr.

June 2, 1923 ~ February 29, 2012

Ivan J. Dempsey, 88, of Johnson City, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the V. A. Medical Center.He was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Sam S. and Macy Love Dempsey. He was also preceded in death by his wife Vivian in 2009. One son, Sam Dempsey and one grandson Jim Dempsey also precedes him.Mr. Dempsey was a member of the First Christian Church in Johnson City where he was an active member in the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class. He was retired from the Singer Corporation as a Store Manager. Mr. Dempsey was a veteran having served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He served in Europe for 30 months and came out as a 1st Lieutenant. He was involved in the Battle of the Buldge. He also served in Korea.Survivors include; one daughter, Jane Dempsey Crewey and her husband John of Bristol, TN; one son, Jerry Dempsey and his wife, Sue of Piney Flats; two sisters, Charlotte Fair and Martha Gouge both of Johnson City; one Granddaughter, Jennifer Carter and her husband Josh of Johnson City; one Grandson, Sam Nelson of Bristol, TN; two Great grandchildren, Elizabeth Crew Nelson and Madelyn James Carter; several nieces and nephews.Services will be conducted at 8:00 pm Thursday from the Morris-Baker North Chapel. Mr. Roland Whittemore will officiate. Burial services will be conducted Friday at 10:00 am from the Monte Vista Memorial Park. A procession will leave the funeral home for the cemetery at 9:45 am Friday. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Iam the son of Louise Dempsey Blankenship and the grandson of George M.and Addie Dempsey formly of Bluff City TN.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jerry, Jane, and Family: So sorry for your loss. Mr. Dempsey and my Dad were #1 Little League fans and helping coaches for Mr. Boggs. We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers—-the Ramsey’s.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jerry,Jane and Family you are in my thoughts and prayers.My time working with Mr and Mrs Dempsey is very dear to me I always think of them whenever I pass the place where you can see their street from the interstate.I will always be grateful for the time I spent with them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    To all of the Family: I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Dempsey. I am the youngest daughter of John and Susie Boyd. Dad worked with Mr Dempsey for many years, at the Singer Company. It was such a pleasure to know Mr and Mrs. Dempsey. I was so fond of Mr. Dempsey, When I was a very young girl I named my pet stuffed monkey “Dempsey” LOL! I remember when I was about 13, Mr Dempsey would bring his Pinto Station wagon over to Dad and Mom’s, and I would wash and wax it up for him. He would pay me $4.00, and that would just thrill me so! The thought of making my own money! I have so many fond memories of your family! You all were like family to us. I just wanted to write and let you all know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God Bless you, and keep you all in his loving care. Love, Patty

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear Dempsey Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies in the death of your Father. Mr. Dempsey was a fine man who always had time to talk to you. Our families shared many wonderful times at East Unaka Church of Christ . Also, our grandfather, Kermit Wacks and your Dad worked together at Singer and their knowledge of sewing machines was great. I can still remember Christmas caroling at your house when Jane was younger and your parents inviting us all in for refreshments. Sorry we didn’t get to the visitation but did want you to know you were in our thoughts and prayers. Sue and Kyle Chinouth Family

  6. Anonymous says:

    Jerry, Jane and family, We were so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wanted to come to the visitation but were unable to because of a prior engagement. We used to enjoy so much talking with your Mom and Dad when they would be visiting with my parents. I know they were great friends. Please accept our condolences and know that we will be thinking of you and your family.

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