Cora Lee McCall
Mrs. Cora Lee McCall, age 87, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the Franklin Health Care Center in Franklin Park, New Jersey.
Mrs. McCall was born on July 10, 1919 in Abingdon, Virginia and was a daughter of the late Ed Wright and Cora Mann Wright. She was also preceded in death by her husband Lewis C. McCall, Sr., her granddaughter Karen McCall and had survived her brothers and sisters.
She was a former resident of New Brunswick, New Jersey where she was a member of the United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Charles McCall and wife Jane of Apple Valley, CA, James (Lindy) McCall and wife Irene of Abingdon and Lewis (Lou) McCall and wife Jenny of Monmouth Junction, NJ; her daughters Cynthia McCall of Phillipsburg, NJ and Deborah Rhoten and husband Charles of Abingdon, VA; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 8:00 P. M. Sunday, May 6, 2007 in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. The committal and burial service will be at 10:00 A. M. Monday, May 7, 2007 in Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Those attending the service Monday are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 9:30 A. M. to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 3:00 P. M. Sunday and prior to the funeral service from 6:00 – 7:45 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home or anytime at the home of her son James (Lindy) McCall, 240 Pippin Street, Abingdon, VA.
Elmer Douglas Cole
Mr. Elmer Douglas Cole, age 73 passed away Friday, May 4, 2007 at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Swords Creek, VA to Bascom Cole and Edna Ball Cole. He had made his home in Bristol, VA for the past ten years after retiring from Milco Mfg. in Detroit, MI.
Survivors include a son Kirby Cole, two daughters, Pam Counts and husband Bill, DeAnna Bucklen and husband Doug all of Abingdon, VA; three sisters, Phyllis Lee of Bristol, VA, Ginnie Sherwood of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Beulah Kline of Winchester, VA, several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor David Wilson and Pastor Bobby King officiating. There will be no visitation in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service. Those attending the service are asked to please assemble at the cemetery.
Pallbearers will Doug Bucklen, Bill Counts, Joe Cole, Bob Phillips, Jim Miller and Darel Cole.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Outreach Foundation, 104 Abingdon Place, Abingdon, VA 24211.
A special thanks to Dr. Christopher Pile and Hospice of Southwest Virginia, special caregivers, Betty Simms, Kathy Hilliard, Jill Woods and Diane Ramsey for their special care of Mr. Cole.
Mr. Verner Osborne, age 92 passed away Friday, May 4, 2007 in Grace Health Care of Abingdon, VA. Verner was born in North Carolina, had lived the majority of his life in Washington County, VA and was a Baptist. He was a farmer all of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley W. Osborne and Malissa Sturgill Osborne, a sister, Ella Widener, a brother, Dewey Osborne and a niece, Gladys Widener Poole.
Survivors include a great nephew, Billy Poole and wife Susan Poole, Abingdon, VA.
The graveside service will be conducted Monday, May 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in Knollkreg Memorial Park with Pastor John Wesley Price officiating. Those attending are asked to assemble at the cemetery. There will be no public visitation in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 325 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Henry Taylor Helton
Mr. Henry Taylor Helton, age 69, passed away Tuesday May 8, 2007 at his home.
Mr. Helton was born April 19, 1938 in Washington County, Virginia to the late Claude Henry Helton and Lillian Bell Miller Helton. Mr. Helton moved to High Point, North Carolina forty-five years ago from Abingdon, Virginia.
Besides his parents Mr. Helton is preceded in death by two sisters, Polly Hawkins and Katie Helton.
Mr. Helton is survived by his wife, Helen Dix Helton, one son, Anthony Dale Helton of Columbia, South Carolina, four daughters, Joyce Ellen Boyer and husband, Robbie of Altavista, Virginia, Lisa Tringle and husband, David of Bristol, Virginia, Angela Denise Fulton and husband, Brad of Bristol, Virginia, and Pamela Patrice Sage of Glade Spring, Virginia. Two brothers, Richard Helton of High Point, North Carolina and Melvin Lynwood Helton of Tampa, Florida. Two sisters, Marie Davenport of Meadowview, Virginia and Barbra Elam of Chilhowie, Virginia. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday May 11, 2007 in Talbert Cemetery Meadowview with Rev. John E. Massey, Jr. officiating. Everyone wishing to attend may assemble at the cemetery by 1:45 P.M. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Karen Sue Smith
Karen Sue Smith went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 26 years, Johnny Smith; her son Matthew “Matt” Smith and fiancée Kari Allison; her parents, Carl and Gail (Whited) Fritz; her aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews; and many other special family members and friends.
Karen was a member of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church all of her life, where she played piano. She was a dedicated employee at Highlands Union Bank for 12 years.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawler and all the staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital; all of her special friends at Highlands Union Bank; Ruth Bennett and Sandy Justice; and the members of the Damascus Rescue Squad.
Funeral services for Karen Sue Smith will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Roberts Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Curtis King and Rev. Tim Greer officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus. Active pallbearers will be D. A. Lambert, Todd Cooper, David Cox, Paul Denton, Brandon Denton, and Larry Denton. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Chafin, Dave Greer, Dee Stillwell, Lee Stillwell, and Heath Denton.
The family will visit with friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007, at Farris Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210.
George Braxton Coe, Sr.
George Braxton Coe, Sr., age 79, went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2007 at his home in Marion. He was the son of the late James Edward Coe and Maggie Olivene Sprinkle. He was also preceded in death by twins, a son and a daughter, in 1948; and two brothers, James Edward, Jr. and Marshall Lee.
Mr. Coe was born May 14, 1927, in Plasterco, VA. George was a loving husband to his wife of 59 years, proud father to seven boys, and an admired grandfather and great-grandfather. He served his country in both the U.S. Army and Navy, with five sons and one grandson also contributing military service. His life long service in law enforcement included work as a police officer, Police Chief, and then as a Security Lieutenant at Radford Arsenal for over 30 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Ernestine "Teeny" Farris Coe; seven sons, Steve and his wife, Kaye, of Midlothian, VA; George Jr, and wife, Hande, of Maryville, TN; Tim and wife, Frances, of Bristol, VA; Kim and wife, Delores, of Abingdon, VA; Mark and wife, Melissa, of Phillipsburg, NJ; Jeff and wife Debby, of Raleigh, NC; and Kevin and wife Trish, of Abingdon, VA.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Greg, Stefanie, and Gabe Coe, of Midlothian, VA; Laura Coe of Maryville, TN; Crystal Coe Miller of Emory, VA; Jennifer Coe of Maryville, TN; Amanda and Abbey Coe of Phillipsburg, NJ; Andy, Amy, and David Coe, of Raleigh, NC; and Ashley and Sandy Coe of Abingdon, VA. Also 2 great grandchildren, Drew Braxton and Zoe Miller of Emory, VA, and one expected great grandchild.
Also surviving are 3 brothers, Everett Coe and wife Beulah, of Troutdale, V A; Charles Coe and wife Eula of Saltville, VA; Roger Coe and wife Betty of Bluefield, V A, and one sister Barbara Coe Gilliland of Marion, OH. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Friday, May 11, 2007 at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service. The funeral service will be at 11:00 A. M. Saturday, May 12, 2007 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Scott Spence officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Military honors will be provided by the Highlands Fellowship Veterans Honor Guard. Those who wish may make memorial donations in honor of Mr. Coe to your local Salvation Army Chapter.
Margaret Elizabeth Cadle
Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Cadle, 79, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 10, 2007, at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia, and was the daughter of the late William and Glenna Tate.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny Tate and Fred Tate, and by her sister Dorothy Tate.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, William B. Cadle, Jr.; daughters: Sheila Lester and husband Arvil of Bristol, VA; Karen Ball and husband Hunter of Bristol; and Helen Patzke and husband Lloyd of Meadowview, VA; nine grandchildren: Melissa, Tony, Marjorie, Michael, Amanda, Brad, Nikki, Jessica and Debbie; eight great-grandchildren: Hannah, Logan, Jenna Reese, Jackie, Justin, Allison, Clayton and Kimberly; her brothers: Lewis Tate and Danny Tate; her sisters: Lou Russ, Susie Helton, Martha Williams, Evelyn Creasong, and Barbara Helton; and special friends of the family, Sherry Hicks and Nickie Dillard.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Cadle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon with Rev. Oscar Edwards officiating. Active pallbearers will be Aaron Hicks, Tony Williams, Brad Ball, Jason Rosenbaum, John West, Steve Hicks and Stephen Dillard. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Greer and Dr. David Guldseth.
The family will visit with friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007, at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon.
Etta Gobble Glover
Etta Gobble Glover passed away Friday, May 10, 2007 at the age of 91. She lived most of her life in Washington County, VA and was the daughter of the late George A. and Octavia Y. Gobble. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Eugene “Gene” Glover and was a Christian. She and her husband Gene were owners and operators of Glover’s Cleaners for many years.
She is survived by a son, Alan “Tom” Glover, Meadowview, VA, a daughter, Donna G. Rector and husband Don Rector, Wytheville, VA, two grandchildren, Tracy Pauley and Don B. “Donnie” Rector, Jr., both of Wytheville, VA, and two great-grandchildren, Victoria Lea Smythers and Stephen Pauley both of Wytheville, VA
The graveside service will be conducted Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor John Stapleton officiating. Those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Washington County Life Saving Crew, P. O. Box 65, Abingdon, VA 24212.
Bernice Huff Garrett
Mrs. Bernice Huff Garrett, age 101, of the Cleveland Community of Washington County, Virginia passed away Monday, May 14, 2007 at her home.
Mrs. Garrett was born in Kentucky on January 17, 1906 to the late J.W. and Mary E. Huff. Mrs. Garrett had lived in the Cleveland Community of Washington County, Virginia since 1932. She was a retired school teacher. She started her teaching career in Bristol, Virginia. In early 1950’s she taught at Cleveland Elementary School in Washington County, Virginia and East Cherokee Elementary School in Sullivan County, Tennessee. She was a strong supporter of the Cleveland Presbyterian Church, Cleveland PTA and was a member of the Washington County Home Demonstration Club and the South Holston Community Club.
Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years, Claude Ernest Garrett, and four sisters, Etta Childress, Margaret Carr, Odelle Darter, and Wava Pippin.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by one son, Lee Frank Garrett and wife, Grace of Abingdon, Virginia, two daughters, Mary Ann Moore and husband, Dr. French H. Moore, Jr. of Abingdon, Virginia and Claudia Garrett Sprinkle and husband, Wm. Malcolm Sprinkle of Abingdon, Virginia. Grandchildren, Dr. French H. Moore, III and wife, Laura; Drs. Marilou Moore Johnson and husband, George; Garrett Andrew Moore and wife, Janet; Alicia Sprinkle Arney and husband, Steve; Lee David Sprinkle and wife, Karalee; and Wm. Martin Sprinkle and wife, Amanda. Two sisters, Betty Huff and Lois McVeigh both of Bristol Tennessee. Twelve great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Mildred Garrett and several nieces and nephews also survive. Extended family for whom we are most grateful; Peggy Williamson, Kathy Whitten, Jo Morrow, Ella Mae Johnson, Mabel Brown, and Myrtle Jefferson
The funeral service for Mrs. Garrett will be conducted 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Cleveland Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Dr. Frank Preston and Rev. Tom Musselman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dr. French H. Moore, III, Garrett Moore, Dr. George Johnson, Steve Arney, Lee David Sprinkle, and Wm. Martin Sprinkle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bucky Buchanan, Sam Bralley, and Steve Smith. The family will receive friends Wednesday May 16, 2007 after 6:00 P.M. in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service.
Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Garrett to Cleveland Evangelical Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Michelle Wright P.O. Box 352 Abingdon, Virginia 24212 or Cleveland Community Center, C/O Bobby Smeltzer 25247 Watauga Road, Abingdon, Va 24211, or Hospice of Southwest Virginia 301 East Valley Street, Abingdon, Virginia 24210.
Myrle JoAnn Brodnick
Myrle JoAnn Brodnick, age 77, died Monday, May 14, 2007.
She was born in West Virginia and had lived in the Abingdon area for over 45 years and had attended the Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband A. J. Brodnick; her daughters, Candace J. Workman of Bristol, VA and D. A. Aldridge and husband Al of Jupiter, FL; her son, Gregory Brodnick and wife Sheila of Cedar point, NC and two grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Brodnick will be held at a later date.
Mr. Kenneth Houston Goff, age 56, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007 as a result of injuries from an automobile accident.
Born on July 21, 1950 in Beckley, WV, Kenneth was a son of the late Samuel Wilson Goff and Easter Mae Shrewsberry Goff. He was also preceded in death by his brother Carl Goff. Kenneth was a member of Riverbend Baptist Church, a former little league baseball coach in Glade Spring and was a talented woodworker and painter. He was a U. S. Army Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Dawn Goff; his son Wesley Houston Goff of Abingdon; his daughter, Kendrea Lynn Goff Miller and husband Nathan Brian Miller of Abingdon; his step-children, Ashley Nicole Cook and Joseph Daniel Cook; his brothers, Samuel R. Goff of High Point, NC and Quinton Goff of Detroit, MI; his sisters, Dorothy Bolen of Coal City, WV, Christine Stanfield and Reva Eastridge both of Saltville, VA; Nora Roberts of Archdale, NC, Ruby Spencer of Glade Spring, VA, Wanda Wood of Elkhart, IN and Debra Goff of Goshen, IN; his grandchildren, Benjamin Isaiha Goff, Nicholas Dane Miller and Nathan Thomas Miller; several nieces & nephews; close family friends, Carolyn Helton, Brenda Prater, Buddy Joe Taylor, Gertie Helton, Ron Helton and Johnny Helton.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Friday, May 18, 2007 at the Valley View Assembly of God Church or anytime at the home of his sister-in-law Elaine Vannoy, 303 Mesa Drive, Glade Spring or his sister, Christine Stanfield, 4504 Adrian Lane, Saltville, VA. . The funeral will be conducted at 2:00 P. M., Saturday, May 19, 2007 in the church with Pastor Roger O’Quinn and Pastor Robert Wood officiating. Burial will follow in the Eastridge family cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Eastridge, Charles Eastridge, Kevin Eastridge, Andrew Eastridge, Ronald Lee Goff, James Goff, Eddie Watson and Mark Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Goff, Ron Helton, Johnny Helton and Randy Boardwine.
The family has asked for memorial contributions to be made to the Brumley Gap Volunteer Fire Department, 19287 Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Linda Ruth Wingfield Owens
Linda Ruth Wingfield Owens, age 53, died at Johnston Memorial Hospital Friday, May 11, 2007. Linda loved to do needlepoint and her grandchildren were the love of her life.
She is survived by her son: Sam Wingfield of Florida and her daughter: Ruby K. Beckner, Roanoke, VA; 3 grandchildren.
Services were private.
Melvin C. Snodgrass
Melvin C. Snodgrass, age 85, of the Hayter’s Gap Community, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 19, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Virgie Nipper Snodgrass.
Mr. Snodgrass attended Valley View Assembly of God and most recently attended Riverbend Union Church. He owned and operated Snodgrass Repair Service for 20 years and was a well-known farmer and community leader. Over the years, he was actively involved in the Valley Rescue Squad, the Clinch Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the Hayter’s Gap Senior Citizens. He also served as Coordinator for the Hayter’s Gap Community Center for several years and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Progressive Community Club which is now known as People, Incorporated.
He is survived by one son, Kenneth Snodgrass of Abingdon; five daughters; Norma Taylor and husband Troy; Lois Shupe and husband Dean; Donna Rickman and husband Oaksey; Kim Hill and husband Glenn, all of Hayter’s Gap; and Geneva Mitchell and husband Hampton of Richmond, VA, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, 427 East Main Street with Pastor Roger O’Quinn officiating. Following the service, burial will follow in the Snodgrass Family Cemetery on North Fork River Road in Hayter’s Gap where Mr. Snodgrass lived his entire life.
Pallbearers will be Paul Taylor, Danny Shupe, Michael Allison, Gary Louthian, Justin Louthian and Gary Buchanan.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Rescue Squad or to the Hayter’s Gap Senior Citizens, 7712 Hayter’s Gap Road, Saltville, Virginia 24370 in honor of Mr. Snodgrass’ dedication and devotion to both those groups.
Samuel C. Gray
Mr. Samuel C. Gray, age 90 passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in Valley Health Care Center of Chilhowie.
He was a native of Washington County and had lived in Maryland for 35-40 years and returned to the Abingdon area 25 years ago. He was a Veteran of World War II having served in the U. S. Army, serving four years in the Pacific Theatre. He was preceded in death his wife, Julia Gray, his parents, John Mack Gray and Nellie Harris Gray and a brother, Jim Gray.
Survivors include his son, Bobby Gray and wife Karol, Abingdon, VA, his daughter, Nellie Slater and husband David, Perry Hall, MD, his brothers, John Mack Gray, Maryland and Curtis Gray, Abingdon, VA, his grandchildren, Jeffery Gray, Travis Gray, Matt Slater, Christina Slater and Adam Gray, his great-grandson, Parker Gray.
A memorial graveside service will be conducted Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Ray officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Bristol VFW.
There will be no visitation in the funeral home although friends may greet the family at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Bristol VFW and the grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Alzheimer’s, 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 1050, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Special thanks to the caregivers, Janet Coyne and Brenda Brown.