Billy Ray Addington
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Billy Ray Addington, 71, formerly of Scott County , Va. departed this life Saturday (Aug. 19, 2000) after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Addington; parents, Dewey and Mary Burke Addington; sister, Jeanette Isenberg; brother, Carl Addington; and five infant brothers.
Surviving are daughters, Sherry Parker, Louisville, Ky.; Kim Vaughn, Rhonda Rich, Palm Bay, Fla., Tina Lamancusa, Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Betty Oxendine, Jonesborough; 10 grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Addington Frame Cemetery at 1 p.m. today.
The Rev. Eckel Head will officiate.
James E. Austin
DENTON, Tex. - Services for James E. Austin, 89, formerly of Kingsport, who died Friday (Sept. 29, 2000) will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home.
Calling hours are from 12 noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
CHURCH HILL - Henry Harold Blizzard, 66, died early Tuesday morning (Oct. 3, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Hawkins County, he had served in the U.S. Army and was retired from Fluor-Daniels Construction.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Blizzard was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Lydia (Flannigan) Blizzard; and a brother, Donald Blizzard.
Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Irene Blizzard, of the home; one daughter, Dian Bradshaw and her husband, Shields Jr., Jonesborough; two sons, Johnny Blizzard and his wife, Brenda and Greg Blizzard and his wife, Amy, both of Church Hill; six grandchildren, Chelsi Blizzard, Gary Bradshaw, Troy Bradshaw, Lydia Blizzard, Kimberly Turbyfill and Kayla Bradshaw; three sisters, Pauline Sizemore, Francis Cox and Ruth Higgins, all of Church Hill; one brother, James Blizzard, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Church Hill. Friends may also call anytime at the residence, 210 Spruce Drive, Church Hill.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Trent and the Rev. Robert Williams officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Church Hill Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robert Arnold, Bill Parton, Jack Kindle, Steve Kindle, Vince Sizemore, Jimmy Kindle, Michael Thompson, Matthew Thompson and Frances Simpson.
Rev. Junior Bowen
CHURCH HILL - Military graveside services for the Rev. Junior Lee Bowen, 72, 402 Lane St., who passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 1, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, Va. by Church Hill VFW Post No. 9754.
Pallbearers will be Ron Gillenwater, Don Gillenwater, Thomas Rasnic, Jeffery Rasnic, Marty Compton and Chris Howard.
Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill, is in charge of arrangements.
KINGSPORT - Ollie Bloomer Bruner, 2824 Bloomingdale Pike, died Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2000) at the Bristol Wellmont Hospice House after a long illness.
Mrs. Bruner was born in Scott County, Va. She was a homemaker and was of the Presbyterian faith. She had many skills in needleworking such as tatting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, and quilting. She loved gardening and was a former member of the American Rose Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl Bruner; parents, Boe and Rhuhama Bloomer; two sisters, Lauda Carr, and Lois Bledsoe; four brothers, Alden Bloomer, Luther Bloomer, James Bloomer, and Tyler Bloomer; and two sisters-in-law, Morine Bloomer, and Patricia Bloomer.
Surviving are her two sons, Bill Bruner, of the home, and Terry Bruner, Tennessee; one sister, Pearl Bloomer, Kingsport; three brothers, Hubert Bloomer, Oh., Vernard Bloomer, Mich., and Herbert Bloomer, Fla.; four grandchildren, Cindy Sargent, Mike Bruner, Kevin Bruner, and Kim Bruner; and two great-grandchildren, Brenne Sargent, and Destiny Bruner.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Raymond Amos officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery.
SURGOINSVILLE - Pearl Chandler, 74, of 215 Gatewood Road, went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning (Oct. 4, 2000) at Indian Path Hospital.
He was retired from Westmoreland Coal Company and served in World War II, in Pearl Harbor, on the U.S.S. Washington.
Mr. Chandler was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Surgoinsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Maggie Chandler; two sisters, Reba Dennison and Clara Yates; eight brothers, Clyde, Coy, Clarence, Emmit, Bea, Buck, Vernal, and J.W.; and his first wife, Hazel Freeman Chandler.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Kinley Chandler, of the home; two sons, Walter and Frank Chandler, both of Surgoinsville; one daughter, Sheila Sanders and husband Paul, Gray; one step-son, Jeff Gibson and wife Angie, Rogersville; three grandchildren, Patrick Chandler, Kim Hunter, and Candace Sanders; three step-grandchildren, Hollie, Emilie, and Lacie Gibson, all of Rogersville; two special nieces, Betty Sweeney and Greta Collier; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Adcox officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Memory Gardens with military honors conducted by the Hawkins County Color Guard.
WEBER CITY, Va. - Dora Estelle Darnell, 79, entered into rest on Wednesday (Oct. 4, 2000) at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation, Weber City, Va.
Mrs. Darnell was born in Scott County, Va. on May 20, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Betty Babb Dills.
She attended Midway Baptist Church, lived her entire life in Scott County, Va., and made her home with Gertrude Dockery.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Gene Darnell; sisters, Lucille Richmond Dills and Mary Lane; two brothers, Will Johnson Dills and Charlie Dills.
Survivors include her friend and caretaker, Gertrude Dockery; two sons and many friends.Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted t 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. L.W. 'Red' Salling officiating.
Music will be provided by Shelby Greear.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Slant Methodist Church Cemetery, Slant, Va.
The family will meet at the cemetery for the graveside services.
ROGERSVILLE - Graveside services for Edna Davidson, 98, who passed away Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2000) will be held at 1 p.m. today at McKinney Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating.
Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville, is in charge of arrangements.
Services for Avonell Duncan, 81, of 504 Teaberry Circle, Kingsport, who went to be with the Lord Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2000) will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. John Hackney and the Rev. John Manning officiating.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Morelock, Howard Johnson, Tony Chandler, Clay Powell, and David Gillum.
The family suggests those who wish may make memorial donations to Kendrick's Creek United Methodist Church, 1000 Kendrick's Creek Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 37663.
Jessie Lee Franklin
KINGSPORT - Jessie Lee Franklin, 76, of 2206 Chico Drive, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 4, 2000) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in North Carolina, he had resided in Kingsport most of his life. Mr. Franklin was a retired heavy equipment operator.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lula Franklin (Feb. 2000); parents, James and Pearl Lee Franklin; one daughter, Marie Monk; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sid Franklin and Luke Franklin; two sisters, Della Whitehead and Luizza Correll.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Thomas Adams, Patricia and Walter Graham, all of Kingsport; five sons and daughters-in-law, Clifton and Georgia Franklin, William and Elizabeth Franklin, Charles and Ann Franklin, Rex and Mary Ann Franklin, and Dan Franklin, all of Kingsport; twenty-eight grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Gerald Monk, Kingsport; three sisters, Lena Herron, Sudie Jones and Effie Buchanan, all of Maryville, Tenn.; one brother, James (Bum) Franklin, Maryville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dewey McCloud and William Franklin Jr. officiating.
Interment will be in Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Cliff Franklin, James Franklin, Steven Franklin, Willie Franklin, Clint Franklin, Charles Franklin Jr., David Kindle, Walt Graham Jr., Chris Franklin, and Thomas Adams.
APPALACHIA, Va. - Carl Lovell died Wednesday (Oct. 4, 2000) at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, Va.
KINGSPORT - Services for Flora Lee (Dody) McAmis, 70, of 1673 Fairfield Ave., who went to be with the Lord Monday (Oct. 2, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, with Evangelist Rick A. Bowser and the Rev. Larry Winkle officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Graveside services for Clara Bernice Robinette, 74, of Blackwater, Va., who entered into rest on Monday (Oct. 2, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Robinette Family Cemetery, Route 603, Blackwater, Va.
Pallbearers will be Garry Berry, Doug Gardner, Rodney Gardner, Scott Chapman, Steve Chapman and Bill Duncan.
The family will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. today to go in procession to the cemetery.
Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
J. Olin Seabolt
JONESVILLE, Va. - J. Olin Seabolt, GY/SGT, Ret. USMC, 72, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 4, 2000) at the Mountain Home V.A. Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
A lifelong resident of Lee County, Va. he was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 26 years, having served in the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olin and Vera Seabolt; two brothers, George and Grey Seabolt; and his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Mattie Hyden.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Ann Seabolt, Jonesville, Va.; one sister, Wilma Lawson, Rogersville; three brothers, Lowell Seabolt and wife Kay, Kingsport, Pat Seabolt and wife Gina, Lexington, Ky., Glenn Seabolt and wife Jan, Bristol, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Betty Seabolt, Jacksonville, N.C.; one brother-in-law, Denver Hyden and wife Bobbie, Jacksonville, N.C.; two aunts, Carrie Seabolt, and Bonnie Warner and husband Bill; one uncle, Garnett Boyd and wife Johnetta; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Arney-Mullins Funeral Home, Jonesville, Va.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Captain USN Ret. Horace Hamm and the Rev. Bobbie Dunford officiating.
Military graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Millers Chapel Cemetery, Jonesville, Va.
Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery in procession.
MOUNT CARMEL - Robert Lynn Shelton, 51, Topeka Drive, died Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2000) at 6:10 p.m. at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn.
A lifelong resident of Sullivan County, he was a self-employed brick mason. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Isaac Shelton; and one brother, George Shelton.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Georgia Hickman Shelton, Kingsport; four sisters, Helen Marshall, Amy England, Mary Shelton and Evelyn Wells, all of Kingsport; six brothers, Terry Shelton, Dooley Shelton, Ralph Shelton, Jim Shelton, Willie Shelton and Billy Shelton, all of Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Glenn Hicks and the Rev. Lonnie (Buddy) Wooten Jr. officiating.
KINGSPORT - Charlie Ray Tipton, 60, Gravely Road, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center.
Born in Scott County on Dec. 16, 1939, he was the son of the late James Harvey and Lillie Estell Bishop Tipton.
He was a retired engineer with Rail Link Railroad.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lillie Mae Thacker; two brothers, Claude Lee Tipton and Ivan Eugene Tipton.
Surviving are his wife, Ginger Lea Mellons Tipton, of the home; daughters, Kwan Tipton, Kingsport and Reva Tipton, Clinchport, Va.; sons, Bobby Ray Tipton and wife Linda, Richmond Hill, Ga., Brian Ray Tipton and Brett Ryan Tipton, all of the home; grandchildren, Chris Tipton, Matt Tipton, Austin Tipton and Dustin Robinson; sisters, Phyllis Osborne, Dungannon, Va., Mrs. Wayne (Judy) Pendleton, Mrs. Jimmy (Joyce) Dockery and Pam France, all of Gate City, Va.; brothers, James Tipton and wife Mary, Rye Cove, Va., and Ralph Tipton, Sullivan Gardens; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the residence.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Kenny Adams and Evangelist Rick Bowser offiiating.
Music will be provided by Donna Light, Susie Kerney and Denise Whooten.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Rollins Cemetery (Rye Cove community).
Pallbearers will be Johnny Ketron, Mark Ketron, Greg Harvey, Kenny Young, Brad Cole and Dustin Manis.
The family will meet at the funeral home at noon to go in procession to the cemetery.
Floyd R. Williams Sr.
Floyd Robert Williams Sr., 79, of Colonial Heights passed away Tuesday morning (October 3, 2000) at his residence following an apparent heart attack.
Born in Star City, West Virginia, the son of the late Floyd Calvin and Bessie Owens Williams, he had resided in Kingsport since 1959.
Mr. Williams retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Master Sergeant, having served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was also retired from the insurance business in the Tri-Cities.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church and was also a member of the Sinking Creek Masonic Lodge.
His wife of 56 years, Mary E. Dixon Williams, survives him, as does his children, two sons, John R. Williams and Floyd R. Williams both of Johnson City, and a daughter, Janet W. Birchfield of Huntsville, Alabama. Four grand children and two great grand children, along with several nieces and nephews will also miss him. Additionally, he has two sisters, four brothers, and one half brother remaining.
Calling hours will be from 6:30 until 8:30 Thursday evening at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in downtown Kingsport.
Graveside services will be conducted at two o'clock Friday afternoon in East Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Tully Hunter will officiate.