Signature HealthCare of Greeneville gave special recognition to three of its residents — a nurse, a writer and an attorney — during its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Additional honors were given during the event to an outstanding, longtime employee of the nursing facility as well as to a local minister who helps to serve the spiritual needs of the residents there, a news release says.
This year’s event, which was held Nov. 1, honored residents Marjorie Craig, Audrey Kinsella and John Rogers. Additionally, Signature HealthCare of Greeneville stakeholder Sharon Phillips and community leader Pastor Buster Shelton were recognized.
During the recognition ceremony, the nursing facility’s administrator Daniel Amodio welcomed the honorees and their guests with opening remarks.
Guest speakers for the event included State Rep. David Hawk, R-1st, of Greeneville, Greeneville Alderman Keith Paxton and Attorney William S. Nunnally.
Songs for the occasion were presented by Rebecca Copeland and prayer was led by the Rev. Harley Greene.
The inductees and their guests were treated to a candlelight meal, which included steak, shrimp, loaded baked potatoes, green beans and Butterfinger cake, served by the nursing facility’s dietary department.
Each inductee was also presented a plaque with their recognition of accomplishments, a DVD made by Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home and a framed copy of the poem, “Mirror of Reflection,” written by Veronica Simpson.
Signature HealthCare provided the following information about each of the 2018 Hall of Fame honorees.
Long-time nurse Marjorie Craig was born on Nov. 17, 1935, in Bulls Gap.
She was one of 10 children born to Daniel and Bessie Wood. When she was small, her family moved from Bulls Gap to the Willoughby and Gilbreath communities of Greene County to a 260-acre farm.
Craig recalls from her childhood helping her father saw the lumber used to build the Gilbreath School building — which today houses the Gilbreath Community Center.
A 1955 graduate of Mosheim High School, Craig worked while attending high school at the Enka manufacturing plant in Morristown. She also worked at the Hamblen County Hospital, where she became a certified nursing assistant.
She later took a CNA position at the former Greeneville Hospital and in 1958 earned her LPN license. She continued working at Greeneville Hospital under Dr. Haskell Fox in the operating room.
Also during her working career, Craig was employed at the former Huyck Formex manufacturing plant in Greeneville for 25 years. She also held positions at Greene County Skills and Comcare, where she worked with mentally disabled clients.
It was while she was working at Greeneville Hospital that Craig said she met “the love of her life,” Luellen “Lue” Craig. He was employed in the hospital’s laundry department. The couple dated for two years prior to getting married on May 2, 1959.
The Craigs enjoyed 56 years of marriage before Mr. Craig’s death in 2016. Although the couple had no children of their own, Craig volunteered for many years helping children who were in abusive situations.
In addition to going fishing with her husband and spending time on the lake, one of her favorite pastimes, Craig said, was playing tennis. In fact, she was a participant in a Greeneville tennis league. She also said she enjoyed “walking outdoors in the spring and the fall enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.”
A medical research librarian and author, Audrey Kinsella has more than 150 published articles and six books to her credit. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Home Modification and Planning for the aged and disabled, received from the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California.
Born on Nov. 28, 1957 — Thanksgiving Day — in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kinsella said her father affectionately nicknamed her his “Little Turkey.”
At age 17, Kinsella said, she left home and went to Vermont, where she worked on a farm making maple syrup. She then moved to Alberta, Canada, where she attended the BANFF School of the Fine Arts. It was there that she was awarded two scholarships for creative writing two years in a row. Additionally, she also earned the Dean of Graduate Studies for Thesis Excellence.
Kinsella additionally attended Memorial University where she earned her Master’s degree in English literature and Trent University, in Ontario, Canada, where she earned a B.A. in English in Canadian Studies.
Kinsella married her husband in Canada and they had a son, Michael Aaron Kinsella. Shortly after her son was born they moved to the U.S. She then attended Simmons College in Boston and earned her Masters of Library Sciences.
Although she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 25 years old, Kinsella continued to work as a writer. She became a freelance writer and traveled all over North America.
Kinsella wrote the Home Care Technology newsletter for 20 years and has published numerous articles and books on telecommunications, the elderly and the disabled. She said she loved writing for seniors to help give them a better voice in their community. She was director of information services for 10 home telehealth programs at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. She has been the research director and lead writer for Information for Tomorrow home telepath planning services since 1995.
She was also very involved in her community by helping children learn to read. She hosted book clubs for children of all ages. She has written seven published books. One of her favorites is a children’s book she wrote called “Dingle: The Helpful Ice Cream Cone Delivery Dog.”
Her favorite pass-times are being able to walk outdoors and spending time with her cat, Sandy. She is most proud of raising her son and earning her college degrees. She has always loved writing and still continues to write articles.
John Terry Milburn Rogers was born on May 31, 1949, in Chattanooga, where he grew up with his two sisters. He graduated from Chattanooga Central High School in 1968.
Rogers and his wife, Donna, were wed in 1969. Today, the couple have four daughters, and eight grandchildren.
After his marriage, Rogers entered the University of Tennessee where he worked his way through school and graduated with a B.S. degree in history in 1971. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from UT College of Law in 1974.
With more than 40 years of experience, Rogers leads the law firm know as the John Rogers Law group. He was founder and senior partner of Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood and Crum from 1974 to 2011.
He established himself as a top Tennessee trial lawyer through proven leadership, experience, courage, and results. He is the only attorney in Greeneville and Northeast Tennessee to be board certified in three areas of the law: civil, civil pretrial practice and criminal.
Rogers has been honored to serve as president of numerous legal organizations on a local, statewide, and national basis. His jurisdictions admitted to practice include: Tennessee State Courts, United States District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
His professional Bar associations and memberships include: the Greeneville Bar Association, of which he was president in 1978; the Knoxville Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, of which served as the Northeast Chapter President from 2000-2001.
In the Greeneville community, Rogers has served as as a Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church and as a soccer coach to his four daughters as they were growing up. He said he enjoyed being one of the biggest fans for his daughters’ volleyball games, tennis matches, ballet and piano recitals, as well as many theater productions.
Rogers also volunteered his time and expertise, as a coach for the Greeneville High School Mock Trial Team for more than 14 years. He said he is “particularly proud of his work and the opportunity to instill justice in such young minds.”
A long-time employee of Signature HealthCare of Greeneville, Sharon Phillips was born on July 1, 1958, in Greeneville, and was raised along side five other siblings. She attended South Greene High School and graduated with her GED in 1978.
Phillips said she met the love of her life on a blind date and the couple became inseparable. They got married on May 14, 1983. They have six children together, 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In 1989, Phillips received her cosmetology license after attending Draughons Junior College. She opened her own business called Sharon’s Beauty Boutique, which she ran for five years. She then began going to clients houses who were unable to come to the shop. She said she enjoyed “fixing their hair and uplifting their spirits” at the same time. She said she still enjoys doing hair today.
Phillips went to work at Signature Healthcare in 1991 as a dietary aid. During her 27 years of service at the nursing facility, she said she has enjoyed “helping the elderly, and seeing their smiles light up on their faces.”
Outside of work, her hobbies include crocheting, photography, and collecting Elvis Presley memorable. She says she “has Elvis all over her house.”
PASTOR BUSTER SHELTON
Born and raised on a farm in the mountains of Flag Pond, Buster Shelton was one of 15 siblings born to Ervin and Theora Shelton.
He attended Unicoi County High School and later attended Business Management School with Humphries & Company, which is now Food City. He managed the meat department for Food City for 16 years.
Shelton also attended Northeast State Technical School, where he earned a degree in blueprints. He then became a quality control inspector for Meco Incorporation for 21 years.
Shelton was also worked as a Greene County Schools bus driver for many years.
Shortly after being called into the ministry, Shelton relocated to Greeneville, where he met his sweetheart, Gaye Stills. The couple have been married for 55 years and have three children and several grandchildren.
He and his wife owned and operated Shelton’s Market for eight years.
The pastor has a hospital and nursing home ministry, which he started in 1962. He said he enjoys sharing the good news of the gospel weekly to all who cross his path.
Shelton has served on the chaplain advisory board at Signature Healthcare, where he also conducts a service each month. Because he can often be found sharing bananas with the nursing facility’s residents and staff, he has been affectionately nicknamed the “Banana Preacher.”
Shelton had a radio ministry called “The Rock of Ages” broadcast, where he and his daughter shared singing and preaching to all the faithful listeners.
During his ministerial career, Shelton has pastored several churches in Greene and Unicoi counties. He and his wife founded and built The Lord’s Tabernacle Church in 1980, where he still pastors today.
He ministers to the sick, the lost and the elders of the community. He has officiated over 1,500 funerals through the years. He also is a volunteer chaplain at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Shelton said he enjoys spending time with his family. He also said he gives “glory to God for his health and strength to be able to serve and be a blessing to others.”