In Memory
Our Founder

Warren K Broyles
​January 18, 1942 - November 18, 2016

Warren K Broyles, age 74 of Jonesborough died Friday, November 18, 2016 in the Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City.

He was born in Washington County, the third child of Dean Chase and Nannie Katherine Dunbar Broyles.

He was educated at Washington College Academy in Limestone Tennessee. He went on to receive his BS degree from East Tennessee State University.

In 1967 he was married to the former Carolyn Foster at Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin, TN. They have two children.

Mr. Broyles was the founder of Mountain Empire Oil Company, Inc./Roadrunner Markets. He started the company in 1977 and worked every day for the next 39 years to make the company a success. Because of his humble background he would start early and stay late in order to fulfill his dream of establishing and maintaining a prosperous company. He was a generous and intelligent man who was well read and always interesting to talk to. However, all his success and accolades were a distance second to his love for his children and grandchildren. They were his joy. He believed, “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” He lived his faith quietly, always mindful to give God credit for his success and his beloved family.

He leaves behind his wife of 49 years Carolyn; his son Ryan and his wife Anne of Johnson City; a daughter Kelly and her husband A. R. Rhea of Jonesborough; and two grandchildren; Caroline and Jack Rhea. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers; Donald, Harold and Max Broyles and one sister, Sharon (Broyles) Fellars.