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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Washington Co., Virginia

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Myrtle M. Burnette
Mrs. Myrtle “Marie” Fleenor Burnette, 72, of Abingdon died Sunday May 4, 2003 at Grace Healthcare Center in Abingdon. A native of Washington County, Mrs. Burnette was the daughter of the late Arthur William Fleenor and Lucy B. Whitt Fleenor. She spent 25 years of her life in Fairborn, Ohio before returning to Abingdon 7 years ago. She was a member of Wyndale United Methodist Church. Mrs. Burnette was a retired mortgage loan underwriter. Survivors include her son: Gary Burnette and wife Judy of Cincinnati, OH; brothers: William Douglass (Bud) Fleenor and wife Joann of Abingdon; Donald Wayne Fleenor of Abingdon; Johnny and wife Terasa Fleenor of Meadowview; Michael E. Fleenor of Abingdon; sisters: Sue A. Logan and husband Ed of Shelbyville, KY; Joyce Bryant and husband Millard of Piedmont, SC; Brenda Vance and husband Ronny of Gulf Breeze, FL; Linda Slone and husband Jim of Abingdon; two grandchildren: Amy and Brian Burnette; 16 nieces and nephews; 18 great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 12:30 P. M. at Wyndale United Methodist Church. Rev. John Sarver will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Ross Fleenor, Bradley Fleenor, John Bryant, Mark Fleenor, Robin Logan, Kevin Fleenor, Stephen Slone, and Ricky Larimer. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 P. M. at Farris Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyndale United Methodist Church 16545 Wyndale Road Abingdon, VA 24210 or Hospice of Southwest Virginia 325 Cummings St. Abingdon, VA 24210.

Ruby Martin Galliher
Mrs. Ruby Martin Galliher, 92, died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at her home. She was born October 22, 1910, near the Friendship community in Washington County, Va. She was the daughter of the late George and Flora Bonham Martin. Ruby was a graduate of the Barrack High School near Love’s Mill, Virginia. She had lived in the Blackwell’s Chapel community from 1936 until 1970, then moving to Marion where she lived until her death. She was employed by the Smyth County Community Hospital for several years. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading, quilting and needlework. Ruby was of the Baptist faith. She was the wife of Bruce Galliher who died in 1969. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, John Martin, Milton Martin, Fred Martin, Orrie Martin, Ed Martin, Carson Martin and Donald Martin; one sister, Etta Mae Martin Witcher. She is survived by two sons, Charles Galliher and wife, Linda of Chilhowie, Va., Bill Galliher and wife, Patsy of Glade Spring, Va.; two daughters, Doris Stephens of Taylorsville, N.C. and Margaret Watts of Walkersville, Md.; seven grandchildren, Jonathan and Martin Stephens, Chuck Galliher, Randy Galliher, Chrissy Galliher Orfield, Darrin and Alissa Watts; Six great grandchildren, Cory Galliher, Angus and Hannah Orfield, Kiersten and Kara Watts, Eleanor Stephens; A special friend and neighbor, Bess Johnson and a special friend and co-worker, Beulah Nunn. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at 1:00 PM in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Surber. Burial will follow in the Knollkreg Memorial Park.

Bonnie Rhudy Ballou
Mrs. Bonnie Rhudy Ballou, age 83, died Monday, May 5, 2003 at the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. Born on June 7, 1919 in Chilhowie, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Joel Rhudy and Melissa Landreth Rhudy. She was the widow of Walter Jackson Ballou and was also preceded in death by a son, Floyd Jackson Ballou. Mrs. Ballou had lived in Glade Spring since 1936 and was a longtime member of the Landmark Baptist Church where she was affectionately known by the many young people as the “Candy Lady”. She is survived by her son, Sam Ballou of Abingdon; three daughters, Phyllis James and Bonnie Sue Burnett both of Bristol and Flora Looney of Glade Spring; a brother, Samuel Rhudy of Gatesville, TX; a sister, Grace Brewster of Chilhowie; thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and other relatives and friends, including Stella Booth, Ben & Virginia Moore, David White and Nuke and Joe Ratcliff. The funeral service will be conducted at 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Benny Bowman officiating. Graveside Committal and interment services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday in the Baptist Cemetery in Glade Spring. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 A.M. Thursday. Casketbearers will be the following men of Landmark Baptist Church; Eddie Counts, Leon Stacy, Ronald Thomas, Kenny Gentry, Todd Gentry, and Carter Yarber. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 PM, Wednesday before the funeral service.

Ben F. (Junior) Barrett
Mr. Ben F. (Junior) Barrett, 76 of Abingdon died Tuesday May 6, 2003 at his home. A native of Plasterco, VA, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Barrett, Sr. and Pearl Sauls Barrett. He had lived in Abingdon since 1962 coming here from Russell County. He was a veteran and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife: Janice R. Barrett of Abingdon; three sons: Gary and wife Nancy Barrett of Bristol, VA; Eddie and wife Darlene Barrett of Abingdon; Stephen and wife Angela Barrett of Bristol, VA; one daughter: Sandra and husband T. Michael Taylor of Abingdon; brothers: Raymond Barrett, Kenneth Barrett, Don Barrett, Baker Barrett, Bobby Barrett; sister: Frances Justice; six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday May 8, 2003 at 11:00 A. M. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Dr. Austin Cook and Rev. Tom Williams will officiate. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 P. M. at the funeral home.

Ronnie Allen Holmes
Mr. Ronnie Allen Holmes, age 49, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Smyth County and had lived most of his life in Washington County. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kathleen Evans Holmes. He was employed at Marion Mold & Tool, Inc. as a machinist. He is survived by his wife, Tambra Davis Holmes; two sons, Michael (Chad) Holmes of Abingdon, VA and Coby Blake Holmes of the home; a daughter, Melanie Dawn Holmes of Abingdon, Va; his father, Lincoln W. (John) Holmes and wife Mary of Glade Spring, Va; one brother, Robert M. Holmes and wife Judy of Glade Spring, Va; two sisters, Brenda Holmes Forrester and Rosa Holmes Lester and husband Bill all of Glade Spring, Va; four nieces, Lisa Holmes Henderson, Chris Forrester Poston, Katie Lester and Maggie Lester.; two nephews, Robert Marvin Holmes, Jr. and Travis Wayne Forrester. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Irvin Wyatt and Rev. Tom Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Rose Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2003 at the funeral home, 427 East Main Street. Pallbearers will be Eugene Neely, Luther Williams, Don Blevins, Jamie Yarber, David Hall, Bill Lester and Stacy Poston. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Marion Mold & Tool, Inc. and Glade Spring Little League Cardinal members. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Victory Family Center, 13486 Glenbrook Ave., Meadowview, VA 24361.

John Henry Worley, Jr.
Mr. John Henry Worley, Jr., age 64, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at the Smyth County Community Hospital. He was born in Russell County, Virginia and had lived most of his life in Washington County. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary L. Worley; three sons, John E. Worley of Abingdon, VA, Ronnie L. Worley and Donald K. Worley both of Bristol, VA; a daughter, Goldie Mae Fletcher of Glade Spring, VA; one brother, Howard Worley of Bristol, VA; one sister, Elizabeth Woodward of Abingdon, VA; four grandchildren, Cody Worley, Dustin Worley, Randy Fletcher and Tyler Worley; several nieces and nephews. A grave side service will be conduced Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. in the Sunset Memorial Park with Rev. Ronnie Blevins and Rev. Walter Statzer officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. - until 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home or anytime at the home of Goldie Mae and Charles Fletcher, 201 Stadium Drive, Glade Spring, VA Pallbearers will be John Worley, Ronnie Worley, Donald Worley, Charles Fletcher, Jimmy Worley and Jimmy Worley.

Ruth Aileen Farnham Hancock
Mrs. Ruth Aileen Farnham Hancock died at her home in Emory on Saturday, May 10, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. V. Ray Hancock; her two sons, Dale K. Hancock and Clark T. Hancock, both of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Dr. Paul R. Farnham of Minneapolis and Keith A. Farnham of Fairview, Pa.; and a sister, Martha L. Wason of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Born May 22, 1927, in Hastings, Neb., she was raised in Rolla, Mo., graduated from Forest Park High School and the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, both in Baltimore, and from Emory & Henry College. For 12 years she was the system operator for the administrative computer at Emory & Henry College. From 1996 to 2000, she was a member of the Virginia State Board of Counseling. In 1996, she was one of Virginia's presidential electors. She was active in the United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and both the Virginia and Washington County Republican Parties and received numerous honors from each of those organizations. Funeral services will be held at the Memorial Chapel at Emory on Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Beverly Robinette officiating. Interment will follow in Holston Conference Cemetery. Members of the family will receive friends at the Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2003. It is suggested that memorial gifts be given to the Dr. and Mrs. V. Ray Hancock Scholarship Fund at Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327, to the Endowment Fund of the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 3010, Johnson City, TN 37601 or to the Memorial Fund of the Emory United Methodist Church, Emory, VA 24327. Pallbearers will be representatives of Pellissippi District of Boy Scouts of America. Honorary pallbearers will be ladies of Emory United Methodist Women. The family wishes to express their deep and sincere appreciation for the care given to Ruth by Cancer Outreach Associates of Abingdon by Virginia's Hospice Care of Rural Retreat by Dr. Thomas J. Johnson and especially by hospice nurse, Naomi Barrett.

John Warden Reynolds
Mr. Warden (J. W.) Reynolds age 75 of Abingdon died Friday May 9, 2003 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. A native and lifelong resident of Washington County, Mr. Reynolds was retired from VDOT after 26 years of service. He was a member and Sunday School Superintendent of Barnes Chapel Church. He is survived by his wife: Marie Reynolds; Sons: Wayne Reynolds, Darrell Reynolds both of Abingdon; David Mark Reynolds of Bristol, TN; Michael Reynolds of Abingdon; daughters: Alesia Grimsley of Abingdon; Patty Locke of Bluff City, TN; Tamara Hines of Glade Spring, VA; brothers: James Reynolds and Marvin Reynolds both of Abingdon; sisters: Beulah Nunley and Minnie Nunley both of Abingdon; grandchildren: Matthew Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Sabrina Morris, Cody Hines, Alexis Hines, Autumn Locke, Summer Locke, Cassidy Grimsley, and Madison Grimsley. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 14, 2003 at 6:00 P. M. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Rev. Roger Hearl and Rev. Cliffton Duncan will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Pallbearers will be Gary Reynolds, Johnny Roark, Matthew Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Wayne Helton, Ellis Nunley, Neal Reynolds, Don Fields and Randy Duncan. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Michael Baron, Dr. Roger McSharry, Dr. Travis Burt, Dr. Fred Williams, Dr. Nelson Gwaltney, Dr. David Beckner and members of Barnes Chapel Church. A committal service will be held Thursday May 15, 2003 at 11:00 A. M. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens.

Hazel A. Brummitt
Hazel Ailene Brummitt, age 83, died Monday, May 12, 2003 at the Bristol Nursing Home in Bristol, TN. Born September 18, 1919 in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Dixon and Ann Branson Dixon. She was the widow of Robert Lee Brummitt and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her two sons, Bobby Brummitt and wife Dorothy of Abingdon and Archie Lee Brummitt and wife Alma of Mendota; two daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Betty) Rasnake of Defiance, OH and Wanda Greene and husband Harold of Mendota; a brother, Homer Lee Dixon of Abingdon; nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Cumbow officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service. Graveside committal and interment services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Those attending the graveside committal service are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 12:50 P.M. Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Dennis Brummitt, David Brummitt, , Jason Brummitt, Eugene Greene, her nephew Billy Ray Dixon and family friend Danny Rock. Honorary casketbearer will be her grandson Justin Brummitt.

Dessie P. Clark
Mrs. Dessie P. Clark, age 95, died Monday May 12, 2003 in the Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, VA and was preceded in death by her husband, Newt Clark and a son, Billy Kiser Clark. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Thelma Clark, grandchildren, Billy Clark, Jackie Clark, Kitty McCormick, Ginger Schrickel, Mary Snead, Cindy Snead, two sisters, Anita Henry and Dot Pierce, all survivors live in Abingdon, VA. Mrs. Clark is also survived by twelve special great grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday May 15, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jimmie Davidson officiating. Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park. Casketbearers will be Anthony Snead, Shawn Snead, Gary McCormick, Don Snead, Eddie Snead, Phillip Tate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Mr. N. Virgil Counts
Mr. N. Virgil Counts, age 82, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at the Abingdon Manor. He had lived most of life in Washington County, Virginia. He was the son of the late H. Fletcher and Cordelia Dye Counts and preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. He was of the Methodist faith. He is survived by: three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Taylor and Nell Counts both of Abingdon, Va., Mrs. Laura Slemp of Eastly, South Carolina; several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, May 16, 2003 at 2:00 PM in the Knollkreg Memorial Park with Rev. Billy Hawkins officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 – 9 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Mike Taylor, Dick Taylor, George Shrader, Scotty Haynes, Kenneth Davenport and Donald Slemp. Honorary pallbearers will be other nephews. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd. Suite 4B, Statton Island, NY 10305. A special thank you to the employees of Abingdon Manor and Hospice of Southwest Virginia for the care given to Virgil.

Gladys Crosswhite Hagy
Mrs. Gladys Crosswhite Hagy, age 98, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003 in Johnston Memorial Hospital. She lived most of her life in Washington County, Virginia and was a member of Yellow Springs United Methodist Church for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Joy Hagy and son, Bob Hagy. Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Warriner and husband Laddie of Bristol, Virginia and Jeri Justice Bixler and husband Bob of Norman, Oklahoma; two sons, Terry Hagy and wife Judy of Meadowview and Ronnie Hagy and wife Bonnie of Bristol, VA; seven grandchildren, Jeff Justice and Tracy Shannonhouse of Oklahoma, Dirk Warriner of Cary, NC, Bart Warriner of Easley, SC, Vanessa Baker, Tiffany Deckard and Pam Hagy of Bristol, VA; seven great grandchildren; special nieces, Kathryn Stevens and Shirley Rector and special caretaker, Connie Martin. Casketbearers will be Jeff Justice, Dirk Warriner, Bart Warriner, Scott Rector, Brad Baker, David Deckard, Terrell Smith and Shayne Crenshaw. Honored friends, Josephine Thompson, Frances Ryan, Leovia Moore, Nancy Yeatts, Ernestine Hayter, Eva Snavely, Betty Snavely, Eula Moore, Nancy Moore, Frances Logan, Ruth Campbell, Shelia Moore and Estelle Booth. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Katye Fox officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park. The special thanks to Betty Gail McCall, the 3rd Floor nursing staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital.and Dr. Martin F. Monahan. Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, c/o Sharon Gobble, 12200 Lindell Road, Meadowview, VA 24361.

Clinton R. Blackwell
Mr. Clinton Randolph “Randy” Blackwell, age 75, went to be with Jesus while surrounded by his loving wife of 55 years, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born on December 1, 1927 in Washington County, he was a son of the late Noah Blackwell and Maude Wolfe Blackwell. He was also preceded in death by a son Phillip A. Blackwell; two brothers, John R. Blackwell and Jack M. Blackwell; three sisters, Mary S. Thomas, Ruth E. Jenkins, and Martha O. Estep Mr. Blackwell was a lifelong member of the Plasterco Church of God where he served as church superintendent for eleven years and was a retired employee of Acco Corporation of Saltville. Survivors include his wife Mary Coe Blackwell; two daughters, Revonda B. DeBord and husband Bill of Tazewell, VA and Rachel L. Osborne and husband Scott of Louisville, KY; three sons, Clifton W. Blackwell and wife Ana of Hampton, VA, Rev. Gary. R. Blackwell and wife Linda of Chilhowie, VA and Jeffrey S. Blackwell and wife Lynn of Damascus, VA; a sister, Edna Barrett of Meadowview, VA, three brothers, Ernest Blackwell of Brunswick, OH, Thomas Blackwell of Butler, OH and Preston Blackwell of Meadowview, VA; sixteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 18, 2003 in the Plasterco Church of God with Rev. A.C. Waller, Rev. Kenneth Poston and Rev. Wayne Poston officiating. Interment will follow in the Baptist Cemetery in Glade Spring, VA. The following grandsons will serve as casket bearers; Lance DeBord, Jeffrey Blackwell, Jeremy Blackwell, Adam Blackwell, Joseph Blackwell, Troy Cupp, Michael Wallin, Trevor Clatterbuck and Charles Williams. Honorary casket bearers will be Zachary Williams, Christopher Osborne, Justin Osborne, and Christopher Blackwell. The family will receive friends from 6:30 – 8:30 P.M., Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Building Fund of the Plasterco Church of God, P.O. Box 1022, Saltville, VA 24370.

Fred South
Mr. Fred W. South, age 60, a wonderful man of God, has gone to be with the Lord. Fred was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia. He was a charter member of the Key Street Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors and also served as Sunday School Superintendent. Fred was a well established business man and was owner of Fred’s Mobile Home Service for thirty-two years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Lura Bott South, brothers, Don, Paul and Earnest South, and his loving wife, Elizabeth Polly South. Survivors include two sons, Dwayne South and wife, Lori, Craig South and wife, Amanda, a daughter, Susan Coleman and husband, Nick, all of Abingdon, VA, five sisters, Jean Calloway, Lois Holmes, and Pauline Carbary, all of Abingdon, VA, Gay Deel, Knoxville, TN, Jane Smith, Alvarado, VA, his mother-in-law, Lottie Holley, Glade Spring, VA, grandchildren, Savannah and Dalton Martin and Kalley South. Several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday May 21, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Thurman Chapman, Rev. Bobby Briggs, Rev. Jerry Eggers, Rev. Gene Reynolds officiating. Entombment will follow in the Colonial Chapel Mausoleum at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Casketbearers will be Tony Briggs, Eddie Briggs, Tanner Collins, Eugene Holley, Bob Sterns, J. T. Martin, John McGlothlin, J. R. Horne. Honorary casketbearers will be Abe Hurt, Bob Wilson, Ronnie Booher, Kenny Gentry, Dave Gibson. The South family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Denton, Dr. Wallace, the Coronary Care Unit at Johnston Memorial Hospital and the staff at the Select Speciality Hospital. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. in the funeral home.

Fannie S. Neal
Mrs. Fannie R. Smith Neal age 81, of the Alvarado Community died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. A native and lifelong resident of Washington County, Mrs. Neal was a member of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Ben H. Neal and her son, Jim Neal. Survivors include two sons: Bob Neal of Abingdon; Jeff Neal and wife Glenna of Nickelsville, VA; two daughters: Mary Vuncannon and husband Keith of Meadowview; Katherine Neal Heath of Glade Spring; Carolyn Rogers and husband David of Jonesborough, TN; one brother: Howard Smith of Abingdon; one sister: Eva Campbell of Abingdon; six grandchildren: Lisa Jones, Michelle Norris, Annette Singleton, Deborah Colvin, Ernie Heath, II, Franklin Colvin; six great-grandchildren: Renee Stevens, Cody Stevens, Shane Phillips, Dillon Phillips, Christina Singleton, and Tyler Singleton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 21, 2003 at 11:00 A. M. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Rev. Billy Hawkins will officiate. Interment will follow in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Phillips, Franklin Colvin, Alan Singleton, Rick Smith, Cody Stevens, and Charlie Widener. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Heath, II, Larry Campbell, and Gene Sweet. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 P. M. at the funeral home and at other times at the home of her daughter Mary Vuncannon.

Judy H. Countiss
Mrs. Judy Lorraine Headspeth Countiss, 55, of Abingdon died Sunday May 18, 2003 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. A native and lifelong resident of Washington County, Mrs. Countiss was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband: Philip Countiss; father: Paul Vinson of Hampton, VA; mother: Virginia Givens of Hudson, NC; one son: John Barry Shaffer of Bristol, VA; two daughters: Robin D. Doss and husband John Doss, Jr. of Abingdon; Sharon C. Shaffer of Bristol, VA; one step-daughter: Kristy Countiss of Abingdon; brothers: Danny Vinson of Bristol, TN; John Givens of Hudson, NC; Richard Headspeth of Lenoir, NC; sisters: Virginia Price of NC; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 21, 2003 at 1:00 P. M. at Farris Cremation and Funeral Center, located on the grounds of Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon (276-623-2727). Rev. Stephen Talbert will officiate. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Michael Countiss, Chester Countiss, Bobby Ingle, Wayne McCroskey, Darrell Johnson, and Jack Johnson The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-9 P. M. at Farris Cremation and Funeral Center.

Harry L. Lampkins
Mr. Harry Lee Lampkins, age 63, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie, VA after an extended illness. Born on January 29, 1940 in Washington County, he was a son of the late Henry Jackson Lampkins, Sr and Pauline Fields Lampkins. Harry was the associate pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Bristol, VA. He was a former employee of the U.S. Gypsum Company and was a U. S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his former wife, Marie Lampkins of Glade Spring; a son, Michael Lampkins of Emory, VA; two sons, Debra Foster and Mary Lampkins Anderson and husband Melvin all of Emory, VA; a brother, Robert Lampkins, SR. of Emory, VA; a sister, Stephanie Goode of Abingdon, VA; his grandmother, Anna C. Smith of Chilhowie, VA; a step-grandson, Brandon Anderson of Abingdon and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 22, 2003 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Bristol, VA with Pastor William J. Reid, Pastor Andrew Arnold and Pastor Nathaniel Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Blacksburg Community Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Don Beach, Homer Blevins, Rick Neal, Don Foster, SR and Men of New Hope Baptist Church. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Robert Hill, JR, Elmer Johnson, G.C. Brown, Haley Webb, Bill Yarber, Joe Mitchell, Jim Hutton, and Ralph Price. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, 713 Randall Street Expressway, Bristol, VA 24201. The family will receive friends at the home. There will be no viewing or visitation at the home.

James Thomas Horton
Mr. James Thomas Horton, age 57, of 128 Cherry Wood Lane, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at the James H. Quillen Veterans’ Medical Center at Mt. Home, TN after a very brief illness. Mr. Horton was a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corp and had served in the Vietnam Conflict. He was born on June 10, 1945 in North Wilkesboro, NC. He graduated from Douglas High School in Bristol, VA in 1964. H enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp after graduation and served in Vietnam. During his service in Vietnam, he suffered a severe head injury to his head from shrapnel which left him paralyzed on one side. After coming back to the states and the mercy of God, he was able to return to Bristol to the Bristol Nursing Home. While there, he was invited to church where the love and saving grace of god was being preached. . Upon hearing of God’s love, he obeyed and was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and was filled with the Holy Ghost. He became a member of the Everflowing Church where was a faithful member and served as a trustee of the church and secretary of the brotherhood auxiliary. He had also served as Sunday School Teacher in his early beginning at the church and also as Pastor’s Aide President. He has no known blood relatives surviving. However he is survived by his Church family, the Saints of God, and many good friends. A going home service will be held at 8:00 P.M., Monday, May 26th, 2003 at the Farris Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rosetta E. Robinson officiating. Interment and committal services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 27th, 2003 at James H. Quillen Veteran’s Affairs Center National Cemetery in Mt. Home with military graveside rites provided by the Highlands Fellowship Church Color Honor Guard. Casket bearers will be Marshall Fuqua, Dennis Hale, Bill Campbell, Ron Johnston, Bobby Bunch, and Billy Fullen, Jr. Honorary casket bearers will be Jewell Haynes, Jimmy Bizzell, Johnny Russaw and Cody Fuqua. There will be a reception of friends from 7:00 P.M. until the time of the funeral service on Monday.

Duane A. Crampton
Mr. Duane Adam (Booger) Crampton, 35, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 24, 2003 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie of Saltville; his parents, Gene and Wanda Jones of Glade Spring; two brothers Steve and wife Sandy of Abingdon; his twin brother: Wayne and fiancé Lynn of Abingdon; two nieces, Katrina and Wendy. Duane was employed at Super Wal-Mart, where he was loved by all his co-workers. Duane always had a smile for everyone. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Pallbearers will be Randy Woods, Mark Robertson, Danny Morris, James McCracken, Jr., James Wells, Sr. , and Dewayne Bloach. Honorary pallbearers will be Wal-Mart Associates. The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Woods and the nurses on SICU at Bristol Regional Medical Center for the love and care of Duane and for the love and compassion they showed the family. A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday May 27, 2003 at 11:00 A. M. at Old Glade Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Rev. Tracy Puckett and Rev. David Farmer will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 P. M. at Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon.

Nellie Dye Mullins
Mrs. Nellie Dye Mullins,  age 77, died Wednesday, May 28, 
2003, at the Abingdon Manor.  She was born in Smyth County 
and had lived most of her life in Glade Spring, Va.  She was 
a member of the Church of God of  Prophecy.  She was preceded 
in death by her husband, Frank Mullins, Jr.  She is survived 
by:
Two sons, Eddie Mullins of Bristol, Tenn.
          Frank Mullins of Abingdon, Va.
Two brothers, David Gobble of Jeanette, Penn.
          Rev. George Gobble of Roanoke, Va.
Four sisters, Margaret Jones of Marion, Va.
          Jackie Scruggs of Roanoke, Va.
          Freda McThenia of Marion, Va.
          Etta Jean Patton of Rural Retreat, Va.
4 Grandchildren and three great grandchildren
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, May 31, 2003, 
at 10 AM in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. George 
Gobble officiating.  The family will receive friends from 
6 – 7:30 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Family and friends 
are to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 AM on Saturday.


Forrest Patton Pickle
MR. FORREST PATTON PICKLE, age 66, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 
at the Johnston Memorial Hospital.  He was a lifelong resident 
of Washington County, Va.  He attended the Fletcher’s Chapel 
Church and served in the U. S. Air Force.  He was a member of 
the Abingdon Masonic Lodge AF & AM #48, the Scottish Rite and 
the Kazim Temple A.A.O.M.S. of Roanoke.  He is survived by:
His wife, Nellie Bennett Pickle
One son, Stephen “Steve” Pickle of Abingdon, Va.
Two daughters, Kelly Lynett Pickle of Abingdon, Va.
            Carla Joy Lang  and husband, Paul of Gastonia, N.C.
One Loving grandson, Channing Patton Pickle
Two brothers, Harmon Pickle and wife Marie of Abingdon, Va.
            Kermit Pickle and wife, Peggy of Landrum, S.C.
Two sisters, Revonda Bostic of Abingdon, Va.
            Neva Childers and husband, Bill of Abingdon, Va.
A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 
2:00 PM in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Matney and Rev. 
Bob McCormick officiating.  Burial will follow in the Russell 
Memorial Cemetery.  The family will receive friends will receive 
friends from 7 – 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.  
Pallbearers will be Kirby Pickle, David Childers, Gary Scott, 
Randy Woods, Timmy Pickle, Mark Pickle, Bryan Pickle and Jim 
Smith.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Forrest Swan, Dr. 
Robert Walker, Kenneth Davenport, Tommy Litton, Jerry Keene, 
Don Minnick, Norm Heron, Benny Nunley, and Roger Pickle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the 
Cancer Outreach Foundation, 206 Abingdon Place, Abingdon, VA  
24211. 

William A. Jackson
Mr. William Andrew Jackson, age 61, died, Thursday, May 29, 2003 at the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. Mr. Jackson was born on November 5, 1941 in Newport News, Virginia to the late James Beecher Jackson and Katherine Combs Jackson. He was an avid bicyclist, motorcyclist and collector and restorer of antique automobiles. At the time of his death he was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation at the Bristol District Office. He was a former member of the East Tennessee Antique Automobile Club and was a Veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Sara K. Jackson; a brother, Dwight M. Jackson of Honaker, VA and two very special aunts, Kelsie Marie Fletcher of Bristol, VA and Jo M. Sword of Knoxville, TN. The funeral service will be conducted at 6:00 P.M., Saturday in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Eggers, Rev. Leslie Ritchie and Rev. Roby Fuller officiating. Interment and committal services will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, June 1, 2003 at Russell Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, VA. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Patton-Crosswhite Post #6975. Those attending the interment service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 2:50 P.M., Sunday. The family will receive friends immediately after the funeral service on Saturday. Casket Bearers will be Richard Jackson, Foster Fuller, Johnny Clevinger, David Fuller, Cole Jackson, and Gary McCrary. Honorary Casket Bearers will be the employees of the Virginia Department of Transportation Bristol District Office and Dr. Bennett Y. Cowan. The family has asked for memorial donations to be made to the Greendale Chapel Church, 17468 Rich Valley Road, Abingdon, VA 24210 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 246, Abingdon, VA 24212.

Kyle K. Sweet
Mr. Kyle Kenneth Sweet, age 52, a resident of Sweet Hollow Road in the Alvarado Community, died Friday, May 30, 2003 at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. Mr. Sweet was born on March 3, 1951 in Washington County, Virginia and was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Elizabeth Baumgardner Sweet. He attended Greenwood Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his father, Eugene Sweet; two aunts, Kathleen Tate of Bristol, Tn and Georgia Roberts of the Alvarado Community and several cousins. The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M., Monday, June 2, 2003 at the Greenwood Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Powers, Rev. Ernie Powers and Rev. Mark Baumgardner officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Casket Bearers will be Bobby Sweet, Thomas Roberts, Dean Smith, Dewey Sweet, Carl Sweet and David Sweet. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Dave Baumgardner, Roy Mullins, Harley Wilson and Emmett Lloyd. The family will receive friends from 7-9 P.M., Sunday at the funeral home.

Annie B. Woodby
MRS. ANNIE BELLE WOODBY, age 82, died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. A graveside service will be held Monday, June 2, 2003 at 1:30 PM in the Knollkreg Memorial Park with Rev. Clarke Parris officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Friends are to meet at the cemetery before the service on Monday.


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