Charles “Chuck” Clendenin Jr.
Charles “Chuck” Allen Clendenin Jr., 40, of Tazewell, died Jan. 30, 2003 at a Bristol hospital following a brief illness.
Born at Richlands, he was the son of Paul and Shirley Puckett McReynolds of North Tazewell and Charles Allen Clendenin Sr. and wife, Gerri, of Florence, SC.
He had made his home in the Tazewell area his entire life. He was a graduate of Tazewell High School. He was disabled and had worked for Schlumberger Dowell Chemical Co. He was an avid hunter and of the Baptist faith.
Additional survivors: wife, April Holliday Clendenin; son, Duncan McCallister Denny Clendenin of the home; God-daughter, Shana Kimberlin of Burkes Garden; brother, Brian Clendenin and wife, Theresa, of North Tazewell; half-brother, Andy Clendenin of Florence; and special niece and nephew, Bershelle Clendenin and Robbie Brewster.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Tazewell with Rev. Doug Johnson officiating.
Interment followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Sara E. Compton
Sara Emile Compton, 76, of the Slate Creek section of Grundy, died Jan. 28, 2003 following a short illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Alec and Katie Louise Stiltner Potter.
She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Warren Looney.
Survivors: daughter, Kathy and husband, Danny Justus, of Grundy; sisters, Marie Bentley of Brookneal, Virginia Dales of Grundy, Dorothy McAllister of Bastian, Lena Dixon of Inverness, FL, Ruby Salyers of Kingsport, TN, Madgalene Woodward of Weldon, NC; brother, Marcus (Bud) Potter of Belfast; and grandson, Jody S. Justus of Charlotte, NC.
The funeral was conducted Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Evg. Michael Trent, Evg. Mike Rife and Dr. Murphy Miller officiating.
Entombment followed in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum at Big Rock.
Lucy L. Farmer
Lucy Lynn Farmer, 61, of Conroe, TX, died Feb. 2, 2003 in Conroe.
Born Feb. 13, 1941, she was the daughter of Patton and Laura Hylton of Oakwood.
Survivors: husband, Homer Farmer; daughter, Denise Lynette Farmer of Willis; sons, William Ernest Farmer and wife, Gwenn, of Houma, LA, Anthony Wayne Goss and wife, Beth, of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Tobi Elizabeth, Naomi Rachel, Anthony Wayne Jr. and Benjamin Allen; four sisters; seven brothers; special friend, Misty Farmer; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel, Conroe, with Minister Lyndon Wright officiating.
Interment will follow with a private graveside service.
Donations may be made to the local women’s shelter or the Humane Society.
You are invited to leave a written tribute for the family at www.cashnerfunerals.com.
Mary E. Harris
Mary Elizabeth (Deel) Harris, 98, of Honaker, died Feb. 2, 2003 in a Lebanon nursing facility.
Born in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Linda Newberry Deel.
She had spent most of her life in the area and was a member of the Gent’s Chapel Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everette L. Harris; sons, Winford J. Harris, Claude Allen Harris and Charles Gene Harris; two infant daughters, Doris Harris and Martha Harris; and several brothers and sisters. In her generation, she was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Beecher Lee and Odessa Wells Harris of Honaker, James R. and Yvonna Harris of Springfield, OH; daughter-in-law, Hattie Harris of Springfield; grandchildren, Larry W. Harris, Mary Harris, Beecher Lee Harris Jr., Deborah Carr, Steve Harris, Mark Harris, Pamela Merrill, Mary Greene, Sarah Kestner and Amanda Hooten; great-grandchildren, Larry W. Harris Jr., Michael Harris, Misty Roca, Michelle Baldwin, Cameron Berman, Jennifer Clark, Jennifer Smothers, Jessica Hall, JoBeth Wampler, Rachel Stewart, Seth Harris, Travis Harris, Audrey Harris, Tara Trabert, Matt Northup, Rachelle Connelly, Zachary Connelly, Morgan Greene, Jordan Greene, Naomi Kester and Tyler Hooten; great-great-grandchildren, Seth Harris, Dana Harris, Royce Justice, Anthony Clark, Christian GoForth and Kyle Trabert; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel at Honaker with Rev. Clyde Lambert and Rev. Ancil Childress officiating.
Interment followed in the Deel Cemetery at Honaker.
Alfred J. Hash
Alfred James Hash, 75, of Bland, died Jan. 27, 2003 at his home.
Born at Pocahontas, he was the son of the late John Monroe Hash and Nannie Lou Cochran Hash.
He had made his home at Bland for over 15 years. He was retired from ACL Chemical Co. of Elkton, MD. He was a charter member of Bland Free Pentecostal Holiness Church of Bland. He was loved and will be missed by many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Survivors: wife, Ruth N. Hash; daughter, Brenda Hash and Ruby Miller, both of Bland, Connie Headley of Elkton, MD, Connie Baker of Crestview, FL; step-daughters, Diana Lee Rains of Penns Grove, NJ, Ruthann Messick of Clarksboro, NJ; stepson, William Dale Kennedy of Salem, NJ; sisters, Louise Worley of Annapolis, MD, Faye Elder of Oskaloosa, IA; sister-in-law, Mrs. John M. Hash Jr. of Elkton, MD; aunt, Grace Whitt of High Point, NC; grandchildren, Jennifer White, Dennie Harper, Christine Headley and Eddie Headley; step-grandchildren, Jason Banks, Georgeanna Banks, Kellyanne Messick and William Dale Kennedy Jr.; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephew and cousins.
The funeral was conducted Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at Bland Free Pentecostal Holiness Church at Bland with Pastor Ron Hutzel officiating.
Interment followed at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home, of Tazewell, was in charge of arrangements.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may dos so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Kenneth L. Hicks
Kenneth Lee Hicks, 55, of Cleveland, died Jan. 31, 2003 in a Russell County Medical Center following an apparent heart attack.
Born in Dickenson County, he was the son of the late Joe and Jettie Bently Hicks.
He had lived in Buchanan County almost his entire life.
Survivors: wife, Judy Ford Hicks; son, Kenneth and wife, Margie Hicks, of Keen Mountain; daughter, Alice, and husband, Walter Keen, of Vansant; brothers, Bobby Hicks of Vansant, Darnell Hicks of Darnell, NC; sister, Anna Hilton of Rixeyville; and grandchildren, Brittany Keen and Rachel Leeann Keen.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Buchanan Funeral Service at Keen Mountain with Rev. Rick Whitt officiating.
Burial followed in the Harman Cemetery at Keen Mountain.
James “Jim” Howard
James “Jim” Howard, 65, of the River Mountain section of Lebanon, died Feb. 1, 2003 in a Winston-Salem, NC, hospital.
Born in Richlands, he was a son of the late George Hiram and Mamie Justice Howard.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, was a member of the Swords Creek Community Baptist Church. He was a school bus driver for 37 years with the Russell County School System and a farmer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Howard.
Survivors: wife, Darlene Howard; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Donnie Powers of Dublin, Hazel and Mark Phillips of Rosedale; sons and daughters-in-law, Nick and Teresa Howard of Erlanger, KY, Jay and Shirley Howard of Lebanon, Hiram and Tracy Howard of Lebanon, Randy and Lisa Howard of Lebanon; sister, Jessie Lester of Denver, NC; brother, George Roger Howard of Olney, MD; and 15 grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Swords Creek Community Baptist Church at Swords Creek with Brother Les Ritchie, Brother Jeff Webb and Brother Chris Musick officiating.
Interment followed in the Howard Cemetery on River Mountain.
Honaker Funeral Home in Honaker was in charge of arrangements.
Laura B. Jessee
Laura Belle Buckles Jessee, 95, of Baptist Valley, died Feb. 3, 2003 in Princeton Community Hospital following a short illness.
Born in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late John and Alpha Jessee Buckles.
She attended the Bandy Chapel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kemper Gilmer Jessee; one son, Clarence Gilmer Jessee; five brothers, one sister; and two grandsons. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family in her generation.
Survivors: daughter, Virginia Jane Hula of Tazewell; sons, Fred Jessee and wife, Millie, of Springville, Walter Jessee and wife, Henry, of Cedar Bluff, John H. Jessee and wife, Virginia, of Sugar Grove, Eddie Jessee and wife, Juanita, of Swansboro, NC; daughter-in-law, Betty Jessee of Springville; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Pastor Barry Jessee officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Friends may call at the funeral home Feb. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Artie A. Keen
Artie Alifair Absher Keen, 83, of Tazewell, died Feb. 1, 2003 at her home following a lengthy illness.
Born in Tazewell County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Rena Chambers Absher, both Tazewell County natives.
She was a lifelong resident of the Tazewell County area and was a former bookkeeper for several independent coal operators and was among the first postmistresses to serve in Tazewell County. She was a lifelong member of the Richlands Tabernacle and was a very loving friend to her family and community.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert T. Keen, and three brothers, Dewey Absher, Roy Absher and Lloyd Absher.
Survivors: daughters, Mrs. William (Pauline) Woodall, Mrs. Cecil (Shelma) Richardson and Claudine Lockhart of Tazewell, Mrs. Jack (Carolyn) Lewis of Lexington, KY, Mrs. Jimmy (Beverly) Farmer of Rosedale; sisters, Mrs. C. W. (Mattie) Stilwell of Steelesburg, Mrs. Edward (Rosa) Messick of Pounding Mill, Mrs. Joe (Nell) Buckles and Mrs. Bernard (Maxie) Williamson, both of Stafford; brother, James T. Absher of Raven; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and special caregivers, Doris Neal and Karen Tignor.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Richlands Tabernacle in Richlands with Rev. Phillip Horton, Rev. Ralph Horton, Rev. David Horton and Rev. James Horton officiating.
Entombment followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands was in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Donnie R. Lester II
Donnie Ray Lester II, 25, of Locust, NC, formerly of Buchanan County, died Jan. 24, 2003 following a brief illness.
Born in Tazewell County, he was the son of Donnie Ray and Vicky Lynn Griffey Lester of Locust.
He was a former resident of Buchanan County, having moved to North Carolina six years ago. He was a graduate of Grundy Senior High School, attended Southwest Virginia Community College and was a construction worker. He was of the Protestant faith.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George Griffey, and his paternal grandparents, Jess and Goldie Lester.
Additional survivors: maternal grandmother, Martha Griffey of Locust; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral was conducted Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelist Michael Trent officiating.
Burial followed in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park at Big Rock.
A song service was conducted at the funeral home Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.
Opal “Nanny” Marshall
Opal Gertrude “Nanny” Marshall, beloved mother and grandmother, 79, of Marion, formerly of Tazewell, died peacefully at her home Feb. 1, 2003.
Born March 28, 1923 at Hiwassee, she was a daughter of the late James Robert and Mary Jane Graham Quesenberry.
She was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church in Tazewell.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin K. Marshall; four sisters, Bessie Hurst, Bertha Cole, Mary O’Dell, and Ollie McPeak; and three brothers, Kermit Quesenberry, Doug Quesenberry, and Charlie Quesenberry.
Survivors: daughters, Sandee Cook of Venetia, PA, Debbie Ferrell and husband, Benny, of Marion, Kathy Witt and husband, Kip, of Spring Lake, NC; sons, Reginald Marshall and wife, Connie, of Paris, TN, Wayne Marshall and wife, Fran, of Little Rock, AK; sister, Fannie McCambridge of Hiwassee; brother, Claude Quesenberry of Oak Hill, WV; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Jared Wood officiating.
Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens at Bluefield, VA.
Mary E. Puckett
Mary Elizabeth Holmes Puckett, 68, of Eure, NC, died Jan. 30, 2003 in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.
Born in Richlands, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Maggie Lawson Holmes.
She was a homemaker, she was of the Pentecostal Holiness by faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G. Puckett.
Survivors: daughters, Rhonda Puckett Lilley and husband, Kenneth, of Windsor, NC, Karen Puckett Mills and husband, Barry, of Eure; son, Ricky Puckett and wife, Mary, of Richlands; brother, Alvin Holmes of Richlands; grandchildren, James, Tonya, Douglas, Crystal, Walter, Kimberly and Brandon; great-granddaughter, Lorelei; step-grandchildren, Kenneth and Christian; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 2 in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home at Gatesville by Elder Gerald Goodman.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Sylvia S. Rasnake
Sylvia Sue Rasnake, 62, of Lebanon, died Jan. 27, 2003 at her home.
Born Aug. 23, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Clarence L. and Edith Thompson Wilson.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County. She was a member of the Lebanon Congregation of the Jehovah Witness.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Patty Ann Brown, Dot Miller and Betty Barnhart, and four brothers, Clarence Lee Wilson Jr., Charlie Wilson, B.F. Wilson and Walter Wilson.
Survivors: husband of 43 years, Willis D. Rasnake; daughter, Scarlett R. Scalf of Lebanon; sisters, Mary Ruth Honaker and Martha Fortner, both of Bucyrus, OH, Alice White of Livingston, MT; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with John A. Lombardo, presiding.
Entombment followed in the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum in the Ketron Memorial Gardens with Dr. David Wright presiding.
Contributions may be made to Lebanon Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Rt. 4 Box 155, Lebanon, VA 24266.
Opal I. Reedy
Opal Irene Reedy, 74, of Rural Retreat, died Feb. 1, 2003 at a Wytheville hospital following an illness of several months.
Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rosie Webb Osborne, both Buchanan County natives.
She had made her home in Maryland for 24 years moving to Rural Retreat 14 years ago and was of the Holiness faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Perry Osborne.
Survivors: husband, William Sherman Reedy; sons, William S. Reedy Jr. and wife, Nora, and James C. Reedy and wife, Sheri, all of Baltimore, MD; sisters, Frances Hall of Bluefield, VA, Carmie Elswick of Cedar Bluff, Alafair Dessaou of Ypsilanti, MI, Juanita Mosley of Troutman, NC, Sue Clifton of Oakwood, Mrs. Willis Musick of Mavisdale, Diane Smith of Ft. Pierce, FL; brothers, Jessie Osborne of Thomasville, NC, Sherman Osborne of North Tazewell, Estil Osborne of Pleasant Garden, NC, Harold Osborne of Cedar Bluff, Mack Osborne and Tommy Osborne, both of Raven, Alvin Osborne of Climax, NC; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. Dan Absher officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.