Ella Ruth Austin, 80, Church Hill.
CHURCH HILL - In loving memory of Ella Ruth Smith Austin, 80, of 4182 W. Carters Valley Road, who passed away Saturday (June 22, 2002) at 7 p.m. at her residence.
She lived most of her life in Sullivan County but had lived in Hawkins County for the last year and a half with her son and his family. She was a past member of the Rebecca Lodge and was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest G. and Anna Quillen Smith; her husband, Paul G. Austin; and sister, Virginia Salyers. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a very special mother-in-law. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Ruth and Doug Lloyd of Church Hill, Paulette and Jerry Whitley of Kingsport; a son and daughter-in-law, Gilmer and Diana Austin of Church Hill; seven grandchildren, Teresa and David Saylor, Susan and Keith McCracken, Joel Lloyd, Jerry and Christina Whitley Jr. Tonya Whitley, Deborah Austin and Ernest and Jennifer Austin Jr.; four great-grandchildren, Jason and Josh McCracken, Cody and Sarah Whitley; a sister, Helen Louise Mays of Kingsport; and a nephew, Timothy Mays of Bristol; a dear friend of the family and hairdresser, Jannette Fortner.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the East Lawn Funeral Home or anytime at the residence today or Tuesday.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Eddie Whitley and the Rev. Charles Van Hawk officiating.
Graveside and burial will follow in the garden of Everlasting Life of the East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Ernest Austin Jr., Joel Lloyd, Jerry Whitley Jr., Jason McCracken, Doug Lloyd and Keith McCracken.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Whitley Sr., Josh McCracken, David Saylor and Timothy Mays.
Irene Blakley, 82, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Irene Blakley, 82, of 1528 Warpath Drive, died Saturday morning (June 22, 2002) at Indian Path Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born in Greensboro, N.C., she had resided in Kingsport since 1932. She had worked at J.C. Penney as a sales clerk, and was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of First Christian Church, Kingsport, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
Her husband, Denny M. Blakley; grandson, Jon Hays; brothers, Robert and Ralph Broome; sisters, Clara Daniels and Virginia Sparks preceded her in death.
Surviving are her daughters, Judy Pomeroy and husband Bruce, Huntsville, Ala., and Kay Hammitt, Kingsport; a son, Joseph Denny Blakley and wife Judy, Kingsport; grandchildren, Lisa Hays Behnia, Rebecca Ellen Flora, Joseph Andrew Blakley, Rabon Scott Hammitt, Jennifer Kay Massie; great-grandchildren, Brian Behnia, David Behnia, Brett Flora, Katie Flora, Anna Flora, Adam Flora, Logan Blakley, Taylor Blakley, Brittany Hammitt, Payton Hammitt and Jacob Massie; a sister, Hester Jones, Kingsport; brothers, Charles Morrow, Holly Pond, Ala., and Paul Morrow, Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at First Christian Church.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the church with Minister David Cordrey officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Moody, Harold Gilbert, Casey Hammitt, Melvin Doty and Jerry Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Carroll and Walt Carmack.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 106 E. Charlemont Ave., Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.
E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport, is in charge of arrangements.
Ida V. Dishman, 81, Coeburn, Va.
COEBURN, Va. - Ida V. Dishman, 81, died Sunday (June 23, 2002) at St. Mary's Hospital in Norton, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Harrison and Inez Jenny Wallace Maine.
Survivors include her husband, W.A. "Rass" Dishman; three daughters, Francis Harris, Sandusky, Ohio, Barbara Bond, Coeburn, Va., and Sandra Robinette, Staunton, Va.; one son, Don Dishman, Sandusky, Ohio; one sister, Virgie Kimberlin, Sandusky, Ohio; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nephews and several nieces.
Calling hours will be after 6 p.m. Tuesday at Estes Funeral Home, Coeburn, Va.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Scott Powers officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Coeburn.
Tempie Phillips Ford, 61, Blountville.
BLOUNTVILLE - Services for Tempie "Tippi" Phillips Ford, 61, who went to be with her Lord Friday (June 21, 2002), will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Clarence Necessary and Pastor Ralph (Buddy) Dingus officiating.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will meet at the graveside at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the garden of Prayer in the East Lawn Memorial Park.
Doyle Freeman, 72, Mount Carmel.
MOUNT CARMEL - Graveside services for Doyle Freeman, 72, 507 Kaywood Ave., who went home to be with his Lord Thursday (June 20, 2002), will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Vermont United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be given to Clouds Bend United Methodist Church, 940 Bradbury, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.
E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is in charge of arrangements.
G. Fred Hawkins, 87, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - G. Fred Hawkins, 87, of Kingsport, died at his home at 12 noon Wednesday (June 19, 2002).
He was a loving and gentle husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Fred was born July 26, 1914 and raised in Newberry, S.C., where he received his B.S. from Newberry College in 1935. From 1936 to 1941 he worked as a Chemistry Instructor at Clemson College. While enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Organic Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, war broke out and he entered the Navy in 1942. On inactive duty, he was able to complete his Ph.D. and received his degree in 1949. He was honorably discharged as Lt. Commander from the Naval Reserves in 1957.
Dr. Hawkins began working for Tennessee Eastman in 1949. He made Senior Chemist and moved into the Organic Chemicals Division, soon becoming group leader in the Control and Development Department. He retired from Eastman as Development Associate in 1981 after 32 years of service.
Dr. Hawkins had many interests and hobbies. He was an avid history buff, spending many hours volunteering at the Exchange Place and participating in the Company of Overmountain Men which reenacts Colonial lifestyles. He was a skilled cabinetmaker with a great appreciation for fine woods. His creations grace his home as well as those of many friends.
Dr. Hawkins is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Margaret D. Hawkins; son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, David B., Trica, and Casey Claire Hawkins of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, Hazel and Chester; a sister, Mabel Chapman and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Gary Hawkins and Nancy Effie Sula Taylor Hawkins; brother, Furman and sisters, Margarie, Helen and Gladys.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. today at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jack Raymore officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service.
Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry, S.C. with Dr. Tim Erskin officiating. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry, S.C., is in charge of the graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fred Hawkins to the Wellmont Hospice Program, P.O. Box 238, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662, the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association, c/o Suzanne Burow, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, 1415 Waverly Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 37664.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving Dr. Hawkins' family.
Bill C. Hickman, 59, Kingsport.
Services for Bill C. Hickman, 59, Kingsport, who went to be with the Lord on Friday (June 21, 2002), will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, with Lt. Bud Hulsey officiating.
Pallbearers will be Sgt. Van Fair, Capt. Paul Bowman, Lt. Rick Meredith, Lt. Mike Roark, Sgt. Nelson Quillen and Ptl. Houston Smith.
The Kingsport Police Dept. will provide the Honor Guard.
Mr. Hickman's wishes were to be cremated following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Matt Hickman College Fund, c/o First Kingsport Credit Union, 408 Clay St., Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.
Amos Holt Jr., 59, Kingsport.
Military graveside services for Amos "Mitchell" Holt Jr., 59, of Kingsport, who passed away Saturday (June 22, 2002), will be conducted by Kingsport VFW Color Guard at 11 a.m. today at Highland Cemetery.
Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville, is in charge of arrangements.
William Horne Sr., 78, Surgoinsville.
SURGOINSVILLE - William "Howard" Horne Sr., 78, of 2195 Stanley Valley Road, went to be with the Lord on Saturday (June 22, 2002) as the result of a farming accident.
He was a faithful member of Long Hollow Baptist Church for 50 years and a deacon since 1966.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Grace Horne; one son, William "Billy" Horne Jr.; a brother, Murl Horne; and sister, Ada Gillett.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Greer Horne; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gale (Ruby) Horne of Surgoinsville, and Scotty (Ina) Horne of Rogersville; five daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Glen (Margaret) Marriset of Rogersville, Mrs. Darrell (Ada) Harrison of Surgoinsville, Mrs. Harold (Judy) Head of Surgoinsville, Mrs. Phil (Bernice) Hall of Rogersville, and Ms. Lisa Horne Frank of Surgoinsville; one daughter-in-law, Donna Horne of Surgoinsville; nine grandsons, Michael, Chris, Stacy, Tracy, Anthony, Casey, Dustin, Patrick and Stephen; eight granddaughters, Rhonda, Kim, Susan, Sherry, Crystal, Brandy, Megan and Kerri; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three nephews and four nieces; one sister, Jewell Moses of Surgoinsville. He also had a host of friends, good neighbors, fishing buddies and his church family.
Mr. Horne will be taken to Long Hollow Church at 5 p.m. today where friends may call at their convenience until 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Carson Johnson, the Rev. Harold Head and the Rev. Gordon Justice officiating.
Interment will follow in the Horne Cemetery.
Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Vivien Black Lavoie, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Vivien Black Lavoie passed away Saturday (June 22, 2002) at the Hospice House following an extended illness.
She is survived by her son, Paul (Pete) Sizemore of Kingsport; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, all of Cyclone, W.Va.; her mother, Maude Anderson Black of Graysville, Ala.; and a sister, Frances Fadlevich of Graysville, Ala.
Calling hours are from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the East Lawn Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David P. Templeton officiating.
Burial will immediately follow in the East Lawn Memorial Park.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wellmont Hospice, P.O. Box 1069, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662.
Rosa Ann Lawson, 93, Maurertown, Va.
Services for Rosa Ann Lawson, 93, Maurertown, Va., formerly of Kingsport, who went to be with the Lord Thursday (June 20, 2002), will be conducted at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, with the Rev. Earl Austin officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Gerry McConnell, 77, Surgoinsville.
SURGOINSVILLE - Geraldine (Gerry) Rutledge McConnell, 77, went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning (June 23, 2002) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born in Hawkins County where she had spent the majority of her life. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her son, John McConnell in 1988; her great-granddaughter, Sarah Hudgens; her parents, Paul and Mary Alice Creasy Rutledge; along with her sister, Ruth Davis.
Surviving are a son, James McConnell, Surgoinsville; three grandchildren, Sharon Hudgens, John McConnell Jr. and Kelly Ann Twiddy; five great-grandchildren; a special niece, Judy Blizzard and her husband James, Surgoinsville; two nephews, Bobby Davis and Roger Davis, both of Morristown; a great-niece, Beth Blizzard; great-nephews, Jeremy Davis and Joshua Davis.
Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill or friends may also call anytime at the residence of the niece, Judy Blizzard, 2432 Main Street, Surgoinsville.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jessee Hartgrove officiating.
Burial will follow at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be family.
Condolences may be sent to the McConnell family via e-mail at email@example.com.
Elmer McMurray, 87, Blountville.
BLOUNTVILLE - Elmer McMurray, 87, of Cold Hollow Road, died Sunday morning (June 23, 2002) at Indian Path Medical Center after an extended illness.
Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors and arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.
Lora Palmer, Abingdon, Va.
ABINGDON, Va. - Lora Davidson Palmer, of 207 Orchard Lane, Spartanburg, S.C., died Sunday (June 23, 2002) at the home of her daughter, Elaine Boddiford of 22270 Ibex Drive, Abingdon, Va.
She was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary M. Davidson of Wing, Ala.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda P. Shipman of Roebuck, S.C., and Elaine P. Boddiford of Abingdon, Va.; one son, William Kenneth Palmer of Houston, Tex.; and two sons-in-law, Jimmy R. Shipman and V. Gene Boddiford, and one daughter-in-law, Barbra F. Palmer. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Nicholas and Mia Brooke Boddiford, and Seth, Kaleb, Jordan and Isabella Gambrelle Palmer. She has one surviving brother, Calvin Davidson of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Palmer was retired from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind where she worked as an administrative assistant. She was a member of the Evangel Cathedral of Spartanburg, S.C.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradley Assembly of God in Bradley, Ala.
Services will be held Thursday morning at the church.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, Va., and Williams Memorial Chapel of Brewton, Ala., will be handling the arrangements.
Cecil Rhoton, 86, Clinchport, Va.
CLINCHPORT, Va. - Cecil Rhoton, 86, of Rt. 2., departed this life early Saturday morning (June 22, 2002) at Holston Valley Medical Center. He had been a resident of Ridgecrest Manor for the past six months.
A native of Scott County, Va., he was a farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Worley Rhoton and Lydia Page Rhoton; sisters, Elsie Rollins, Bonnie Sloan, Blanche Rhoton and Virginia Rhoton; and brother, Hicklyn Rhoton.
Surviving are two brothers, Clyde Rhoton, Clinchport, Va., and Kelly Rhoton, Gate City, Va.; and several nephews and nieces.
Calling hours were held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.
Services were conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kelvin Bishop and the Rev. Olan Sloan officiating. Music was provided by Kaylor's Chapel Quartet.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. today in the Rhoton Family Cemetery, Clinchport, Va.
Family and friends will meet at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. for the graveside service.
Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.
Nancy Ellen Tunnell, 82, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Nancy Ellen Tunnell, 82, went peacefully to be with her Lord Saturday (June 22, 2002) at her residence.
Born in Hawkins County on October 14, 1919, Nancy was a daughter of the late Edgar Phillip and Rhoda Morrell Heck. She was married to the late Virgil H. Tunnell and was a member of the Glenwood Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband and parents, Nancy was preceded in death by a brother, Pete Heck; and a half sister, Charlsie Wilder.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Robert Blevins, and Margaret and Ben Larkin, all of Kingsport; grandchildren, Beverly Fricke, David Bowles, Rick Hurd, Michelle Morin; stepgrandchildren, Tommy, Todd and Laura Larkin; eight great-grandchildren; brother and sisters-in-law, Gene and Nancy Heck, and Carolyn Heck, all of Rogersville.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Lindsey officiating.
Music will be under the direction of Mary Barker.
The family and friends will meet at graveside for a service at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the garden of the Apostle's of the East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pearl Walters, 92, Kingsport.
Services for Pearl "Momma" Walters, 92, a resident of Sunbridge Brookhaven Health Care Center, Kingsport, who went to be with the Lord Saturday (June 22, 2002), will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, with Pastor David Foster and Pastor Boyd Holder Jr. officiating.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, or any time at the home of her son, Bill Walters at 1645 Redwood Drive, Kingsport.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holston View Cemetery.
E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Scott and his staff and the Brookhaven staff for the love and care over the years, and residents and area churches for their visits and prayers.
Evelyn Whited, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Services for Evelyn Gillenwater Whited, Preston Place Suites, who died at Holston Valley Medical Center emergency room Friday (June 21, 2002), will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, with Pastor Bill Steele officiating.
Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Graveside services at Oak Hill Cemetery will immediately follow the services .
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Charlotte Willis, 63, Jonesborough.
JONESBOROUGH - Charlotte Rosetta Thornburg Willis, 63, 1098 Painter Road, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at her home on Saturday (June 22, 2002) after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Willis was saved many years ago and was a member of Orebank Central Baptist Church. She will be sadly missed by everyone.
Charlotte was a retired employee of Washington County Food Services.
Her parents, Edgar and Virgie Thornburg; three sisters, Reba Melear, Isabelle Willis and Teresa "Sissy" Thornburg, preceded her in death.
Surviving are her husband, Glen Thornburg; four sons and a daughter-in-law, David "Waylon" Willis, Bud and Pam Willis, Bill Willis and Rick Willis; 10 grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Amanda, Brandon, Brittany, Autumn, Amber, Josh, Aaron and Jacob; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Luther Good, Fonda and Buddy Evans; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. Leb and Jo Thornburg, Chet and Maxine Thornburg, Charlie and Shirley Thornburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch Chapel; or friends may call any time at the home.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Leb Thornburg officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
A special thank you is extended to family members and friends for their help and support during Charlotte's illness.