Howard E. Richardson
Howard E. "Gene" Richardson, 55, of Bristol Tennessee went home to be with the Lord at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Wellmont Hospice House following a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Born in Bristol Tennessee, on Sept. 4, 1947, a son of Frances N. Peters Richardson of Bristol Tennessee and the late Howard T. Richardson, he has resided in this area all of his life.
Mr. Richardson has been employed at Southside Barber Shop since 1964.
He was a member and deacon at Mullins Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and chairman of the deacons board.
Mr. Richardson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served three tours in Vietnam aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Regina Thomas "Jeannie" Richardson of the home; two daughters, Sherry L. Richardson and Tina Richardson, both of the home; his mother, Frances N. Peters Richardson of Bristol Tennessee; one brother, Bob Richardson of Bristol Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Irene Richardson of Bristol Tennessee, Donna Minton of Bristol Tennessee, Debbie Brewer of Bristol Virginia and Terry Tester of Blountville; two nieces, Teresa Dobbie and Renee Richardson; a nephew, Sean Simpson; and numerous aunts and cousins.
The family extends a special thanks to the nursing staff at Wellmont Hospice House as well as Dr. Bennett Cowan.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, in the Chapel of Weaver Funeral Home.
The Rev. Billy Rosenbalm and the Rev. Gary Rowlette will officiate.
Burial will follow in Rooty Branch Cemetery.
Full military honors will be accorded by the VFW Post 3382, Kingsport.
The family will receive friends from noon till 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Weaver Funeral Home.
Claude Rogers Jr.
ABINGDON - Claude William Rogers Jr., 74, of 22443 Sugarbush Lane died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at his residence. He was the son of the late William Claude Sr. and Rebecca Louise Smith Rogers. He was born in Bartley, W.Va. He was formerly employed by Island Creek Coal Co. as chief electrician and maintenance instructor. He was a graduate of Big Creek High School in War, W.Va. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Allen Rogers; a brother, Earnie Rogers; and a sister, Rosedell Rogers.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Feltcher Rogers of Abingdon, daughter and son-in-law, Denise and David Long of Oakwood, Va; son and daughter-in-law, Randy "Roy" and Janet Rogers of Abingdon; one granddaugther, Heather Dante Long of Gray, Tenn.; eight sisters, Juanita Compton, Mavis Tommassin, Geneva McCarty, Lilliam Fern, Violet Cook, Jeanette Borovicka, Freda Mitchell and Linda Rogers; three brothers, Buford Rogers, Robert "Bob" Rogers and Samuel Rogers; and one half-brother, Mike Rogers. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, in MountainView United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Thayer officiating. Burial will follow in MountainVeiw United Methodist Church Cemetery, Abingdon. Active pallbearers will be David Keen, Ken Bryan, Steve Carter, George Horn, Devere Hutchinson and Ron Cordel. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Breeding, J.C. Cook, Sweet Owens, Roger Calhoun, Dallas Hutchinson and Robbie Hutchinson.
Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, is in charge of arrangements.
BREAKS, Va. - Lloyd Stiltner, 78, passed away Friday, Sept.13, 2002, at his residence. Born in Dickenson County, he was a son of the late Herbert and Goldie Weltha Epling Stiltner. Mr. Stiltner was retired from Ford Motor Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Workman Stiltner; and three brothers, Willard Edward, Harold and Clint Stiltner.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and David Presnell of Sheraw, N.C.; three sisters, Shelby Jean Hylton of Breaks, Merle Dean Brown of Johnston, Ohio, and Rita Lynn Mullins of Virginia Beach; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Elder Roger Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Bart Stiltner Cemetery, Breaks. Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers. A visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Haysi Funeral Home.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Terry James Whitaker
Terry James Whitaker, 51, of 922 Hill St., Bristol, Tenn., died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, in theBristol Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Castle Funeral Home. Castle Funeral Home, 14298 Lee Highway, Bristol, Va., is serving the Whitaker family.
Clarence O. Widener
The funeral service for Clarence O. Widener will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14, in the chapel of Blevins Funeral Home with Pastor Doug McCracken officiating. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, at the graveside in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Elizabeth Carrier, 1108 Rhode Island Ave., Bristol, VA 24201. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service.
Mr. Widener, 78, of Bristol Virginia, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Greystone Health Care Center.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Widener have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Carlos Bellamy of Bristol, Tenn., died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
He was a native of Bristol and the son of the late William Claude and Beulah Bellamy. He graduated from Bristol Virginia High School and Emory & Henry College, where he was a member of Beta Lambda Zeta fraternity. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired from Raytheon Co. Carlos was a member of the Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir, was on the board of the Bristol Cancer Association and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of almost 45 years, Jane Reynolds Bellamy; three much-loved children, Steve Bellamy of Bristol, Tim Bellamy of San Francisco and Kristin Flint of Chattanooga; a special daughter-in-law, Anne Helmstadter; two wonderful grandchildren, Rachel and Spencer Ward, who gave him so much pleasure, and a third grandchild expected in June; one sister, Rosemary Leonard; and a special friend from childhood, Tom Tollie, both of Bristol.
Another special friend, Rev. Henry Holt preceded him in death last month.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon, May 18, 2002, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. David St. Clair officiating and Rev. Karen Albers assisting. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church following the service. The family would like to thank Dr. Terry Forrest, Dr. Doug Green and the staff of the Bristol Fresenius Out Patient Dialysis Center for their tender loving care. They also want to thank the Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir and Danny Hill, director, for their love and concern and for letting him be a part of their group and play Barney Fife in one of the skits.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 322 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN 37620, Bristol Cancer Association, 26 Johnson St., Bristol, VA 24201 or Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir, c/o D. Lauzon, 324 Bellemead Circle, Bristol, VA 24201 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements especially for Mr. Bellamy are being made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Frank O. Castle
ST. PAUL - Frank Oliver Castle, 76, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Castle was born in Kingsport, was of the Baptist faith and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Conley A. and Emma Mae Dinsmore Castle; a sister, Stella Hooper; and an infant brother.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Thelma B. Castle; four daughters, Carol Castle and Katherine Castle, both of Kingsport, Debbie Felker of Coeburn and Mrs. Gary (Diane) Jacobs of Castlewood; sons and daughters-in-law Frank Jr. and Kim Castle and Gary and Lisa Castle, all of Montgomery, Ill., and Lonzie Castle of St. Paul; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Wanda Castle of Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. Stuart (Juanita) Vaughn and Margaret Williams, both of Kingsport, and Dorothy Stanley of Alabama; 10 grandchildren, Timothy Felker, Jennifer Felker, Jr. Felker, Gary Jacobs Jr., Andrew Jacobs, Tiffany Castle, Brian Castle, Michael Castle, Gary Castle Jr. and Brittany Castle; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 19, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Estes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Coeburn. Visitation will be held at Estes Funeral Home Friday after 6 p.m. and Saturday any time. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family at 5311 Falin Road, St. Paul, VA 24283.
Jerry C. Church
Jerry C. Church, 55, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home.
He was a son of the late J.C. and Annis Church of Bristol, Va., a member of Fleenor's Memorial Church and a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Helen; two sons, Jery Lee Church of Cartersville, Ga., and Michael Allen Church of Downingtown, Pa.; three sisters, Carolina Hammond and Naomi Marcelle, both of Warrenton, Va., and Janice White of Coatesville, Pa.; three brothers, Boyce Church of Lititz, Pa., and Larry Church and David Church, both of Bristol, Va.; and four grandchildren.
In respecting Mr. Church's request, no public service will be held.
Mountain Empire Cremation of Elizabethton is in charge.
Robert M. Cornick Jr.
MARION - Robert Madison Cornick Jr., 76, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke. He was born in Norfolk and was the son of Robert Madison and Clonie Bridgers Cornick. He was educated at Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, enlisting in the Naval V-5 Program and upon discharge graduated in 1947. He was controller at Virginia House Furniture Corp., Atkins, and founder of C.P.C. Transport, Inc., and was actively involved until 1999. Mr. Cornick was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church serving on the Vestry and several terms as treasurer. A member of the Marion Rotary Club for many years he was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow Award, past president of the Marion Cotillion Club and he was also involved with the Recreation Department Little League Program. He was a long time member of Holston Hills Country Club and for several years served as the chairman of the pool committee. Mr. Cornick is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Cornick of Marion; one daughter, Mary Virgina Bauman and her husband, John Ben, of Verona, Va.; two sons, James Killinger Cornick of Richmond and John Macon Cornick and his wife, Gina, of Raleigh; one sister, Mary Bridgers Cornick of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Sarah Marie and John Nikolaus Bauman, Mary Catherine Cornick, Macon Louise Cornick and Christina Marie Cornick; and special friends, Penny and James Bise of Rural Retreat.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Marion, with the Reverend Kale King officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 409 W. Main St., Marion, VA. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the Cornick family.
VANSANT - Lamar Cox, 77, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2002, in Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy.
C. Donald Eller
C. Donald Eller, 59, of 11607 Goose Creek Road, Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord Thrusday, May 16, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 9, 1942, in Shady Valley, Tenn., a son of the late Avery and Elizabeth Neely Eller, and had lived all of his life in the Bristol area.
He was a member of Gateway Baptist Church, Shelby Masonic Lodge 162 and Jericho Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Barbara Eller; his children Diana Mathesius and husband, Garry, Perry Slagle and very special family friend, Darline Booher, Regina Large and husband, Nathan, Donna Dingus and husband, Steve; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Ruby Main, Margie Parker, Gladys Rasnake, Pearl Henderson and Helen Wallace; brothers Herman Eller and Jim Eller; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Mountain View Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. David Shimault and Rev. Dennis Burnette officiating. Entombment will follow. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weaver Funeral Home.
Stuart P. Gregory
ABINGDON - A funeral service for Mr. Stuart Preston (Press) Gregory will be conducted Friday, May 17, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Clifford Roark Jr. and Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Farmer, Steven Gregory, Terry Gregory, Gary Gregory, Mickey Gregory and George Wyatt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 W. Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382.
Mr. Gregory, 77, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Gregory.
Ethel C. Hess
LEBANON - Ethel Compton Hess, 91, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, in Russell County Medical Center.
Born Oct. 12, 1910, a daughter of the late Creed Compton and Lydia McGlothlin Compton, she was the widow of Lon B. Hess and a member of Rosedale Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Compton; and two infant brothers.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Louise Hess Breeding and Glenn Breeding of Lebanon; four grandchildren, Shirley B. and husband, Roger Musick, and Irma B. and husband, Jay Nunley, all of Abingdon, Velma B. and husband, Ernest Calhoun, of Orlando, Fla., and Richard and wife, Betty Breeding, of Lebanon; six great-grandchildren, Daniel Musick, Michael Musick, Crystal DeGray, Sierra Rasnake, Jonathan Breeding and Chandra Nunley; two great-great-grandchildren, Syrain DeGray and Molly Musick; one sister, Bertha Auten of Hopewell, Va.; one half-sister, Susie Hess Mitchell of Hopewell; one sister-in-law, Agnes H. Jessee of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Duke Holliday, Dr. Brian Easton, Dr. Hughes Melton and the staff and management of Mountain View Retirement Home for the special love and care given to Mrs. Hess.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Musick and the Rev. Duane Musick officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Breeding, Daniel Musick, Michael Musick, Marty Schlichting and Freddie Garrett. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at the funeral home.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Hess.
Tannersville, Va. - Mr. Cornelius "Graham" Holmes, 80, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at home. He was a charter member and elder of Tannersville Church of Christ. He was a 1942 graduate of McLaines Business College, Bluefield, Va., a former Olin Matheson employee and a retired clerical employee of G.R. Brittian Law Firm. He was the last surviving member of the Joseph and Mattie Holmes family.
Survivors include his wife, Clarice L. Holmes of Tannersville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Wanda Holmes of Tannersville and Philip and Anita Holmes of Tannersville; one sister-in-law, Margaret Taylor Holmes of Tannersville; three grandchildren, Steven, Sasha and Angela Holmes; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Tannersville Church of Christ with Mr. Harold Goins and Mr. Toy Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Holmes Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad. Pallbearers will be Mike Ashley, Joe Lamie, Tony Lewis, Alan Lewis, William J. Holmes and Vernon Holmes. D.R. Henderson Funeral Home of Saltville is serving the family.
Allen David Oliver
BLUFF CITY - Graveside funeral services for Allen David Oliver will be conducted Friday 11 a.m. May 17, 2002, at National Cemetery in Mountain Home, with Chaplain Sperrey officiating. Military honors will be performed by VFW Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975.
Mr. Oliver, 66, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge.
Ovella C. Polansky
MARION - Ovella Crewey Polansky, 85, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Kroontje Health Care Center, Blacksburg. She was born in Marion, the daughter of Ray and Mazie Crewey. She moved to Blacksburg from Falls Church, Va., in 1986. Mrs. Polansky was a graduate of Marion High School and earned a B.S. degree from James Madison University. She taught school 40 years in Smyth, Wythe and Fairfax counties and Alexandria City schools. She was a member of the Hamilton Wade Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, several handicapped organizations in Washington, D.C., and a life member of the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Polansky was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond Crewey, Johnny Crewey and Robert Crewey; and one sister, Eleanor Ann Salter. She is survived by her husband, Merill J. Polansky of Christiansburg; four sisters, Ruth Alley of Abingdon, Kathleen Vaught of Shoshone, Idaho, and Louise Horne and Mary Snyder, both of Rural Retreat; one brother, Marvin Crewey of Marion; three nieces; and 10 nephews, including a special niece, Jeanne Stosser of Blacksburg. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Rose Lawn Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Crippled Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the Polansky family.
Kathleen C. Surber
COSBY, Tenn. - Mrs. Kathleen Chapman Surber, 76, formerly of Saltville, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at her son's home in Cosby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garrett Hobart Surber; daughter Lois Surber; parents Albert Chapman and Mertie Collins; brothers Joe Chapman and Clinton A. Chapman; and sister Mertie Paxton.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Pat Surber of Cosby, Eddie and Carolyn Surber of Cosby and Larry and Terri Surber of Bristol, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Donald Miller of Bristol, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Betty Chapman of Saltville; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Maggie and Clyde Frye of Rich Valley, Dorothy and Howard Price of Saltville and Juanita Blevins of Chilhowie; six grandchildren, Jennifer Miller of Nashville, Stephanie and Brandon Surber of Cosby, Heather and Elena Surber of Bristol, Va., and Travis Surber and wife, Marti, of Newport; several nieces and nephews; many friends in Cosby and Saltville; and special friend of the family, Marissa Hommel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at D.R. Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Benny Frye officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Mount Rose Cemetery. D.R. Henderson Funeral Home is serving the family.
Charles E. Sword
ABINGDON - Charles Emmett Sword, 75, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at home. Born in Wise County, he was a son of the late Clarence Sword and Beulah Barrowman Sword. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Merrit and a brother, Robert Sword.
He was a former resident of Vansant before moving to Abingdon 25 years ago. Mr. Sword was the former owner of Sword's Electrical Service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II, an avid gardner and loved flowers and bluegrass music as well as collecting bluegrass music also.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Mullins Sword; two sons, James "Pedro" Sword of Cedar Bluff and Steve Sword of Abingdon; two brothers, Bill Sword and wife, Genevieve, of Big Rock, Va., and Clarence "Snook" Sword and wife, Vanessa, of Randleman, N.C.; five sisters, Martha Belcher of Dayton, Ohio, Lois Ball and husband, Doug, of Brookeville, Ohio, Allie Gillespie and husband, Troy, of Abingdon, Janet Burgess and husband, Grover, of Boones Mill, Va., and Betty Matney of Bristol, Va.; two grandsons, Charles O. Sword and wife, Tammy, of Jewell Ridge and James M. Sword of Cedar Bluff; two great-granddaughters, Alex and Anna Sword of Jewel Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Willis Osborne officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park in Big Rock. Casketbearers will be grandsons, nephews and brothers-in-law. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to West Main Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1147 W. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Charles Emmett Sword.
Stafford C. Taylor
ABINGDON - Mr. Stafford Clayborn Taylor, 81, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Taylor was born June 27, 1920, in Washington County to the late Judge Hutton Taylor and Cora Etta Duncan Taylor. He was a member of Brumley Gap United Methodist Church and served as a corporal in the U.S. Army. He was a retired employee of maintenance at Johnston Memorial Hospital with 34 years of service. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Lee Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jane Kingsley Taylor; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Tony Worley of Abingdon and Wanda and Mark Baumgardner of Abingdon; one son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Teri Taylor of Brainerd, Minn.; two granddaughters and their husbands, Cyndi and Curt Stein of Abingdon and Kristi and Adam Heath of Blacksburg; two grandsons, Joshua and Chase Baumgardner; one great-grandson, Tyler Stein; a brother, Alfred Taylor of Abingdon; and a sister, Geraldine Duncan Minnick of Abingdon.
The funeral service will be conducted Friday, May 17, 2002, at 4 p.m. in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Maynard Clifton and Rev. Tony Nunley officiating.
Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park with military honors to be conducted by Patton-Crosswhite VFW Post 6975.
Pallbearers will be Ruddy Duty, Don Lee, Wade Nunley, Bill Brooks, Bobby Wise, Ed Moore, Don Minnick and Tom Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Dickenson, Ford Randolph, Dr. Emory Robinette, Dr. Harrison Turner, Dr. James Denton, Howard Morrell and Gib Hagy.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to Brumley Gap United Methodist Church, c/o Sue Duty, 21290 Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is serving the Taylor family.
HONAKER - Oma Tiller, 70, passed away early Thursday morning, May 16, 2002, at home. Born July 13, 1931, in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late James and Ora Penley Sanders. A lifelong resident of the Buchanan and Russell counties areas, she was formerly employed as an examiner for Honaker Mills.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Bennie Sanders, Donald Sanders, Lester Sanders, Walter Sanders and Ellis Sanders.
Survivors include one daughter, Loeita "Edie" Austin of Honaker; one son, Rev. Edward Tiller and his wife, Linda, of Honaker; three sisters, Leafy Tiller of Council, Va., Julia O'Quinn of Sunbury, Ohio, and Lena Sutorka of Gordonsville, Va.; one brother, Daniel Sanders of Bedford, Va.; two grandsons, Chuck Austin of Honaker and Joey Austin of Elk Garden, Va.; and one great-grandson, Zachary Austin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, with Rev. Clyde Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon.
Pallbearers will be Joey Austin, Chuck Austin, Ronnie Tiller, Ronald Tiller, Chester Penley, Rick Breeding, Ronnie Wayne Tiller and Josh Tiller.
Friends may call at Honaker Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Friday where an evening service will be conducted at 7 p.m. with Rev. Roy Lee Wilson officiating.
KINGSPORT - Nellie Virginia Otey Waycaster, 85, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Indian Path Medical Center after a long illness.
Mrs. Waycaster was born in Damascus and spent most of her life in Kingsport.
She was a member of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church and also attended Rock City Freewill Baptist Church.
She enjoyed working in her yard and with her flowers. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren.
Mrs. Waycaster was preceded in death by her husband, Murphy Waycaster, two grandsons, her parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include daughters Gracie Skeens of Kingsport, Ganett Stills Conner of Gray, Miss Artha Waycaster of Maryville, Tenn., and Stella Powers of Kingsport; sons James Waycaster of Kingsport, Clifford Waycaster of Church Hill and Alfred Waycaster of Kingsport; sisters Susan Spiva of Abingdon, Mable Doane of Abingdon, Kathy Greer of Mountain City and Gracie Ferguson of Meadowview; brother, Carl Otey of Abingdon; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Friday, May 17, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home.
Services will be Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Stanley and Rev. Jody Jenkins officiating.
Mrs. Waycaster's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Graveside service will be Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends and family are to meet at the grave.
Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the family of Nellie Otey Waycaster.