Violet A. Hager
STERLING, Ill. - Violet A. Hager, 86, died Saturday, Oct., 5, 2002, at home.
She was born in Plasterco, Va., the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Mintie (Clear) Davidson, and was the widow of Carl A. Hager. Mrs. Hager was employed as a supervisor with Dixon State School for 27 years, retiring in 1983.
Surviving are three sons, Thomas Nile Hager, Jeffrey Hager and Kevin L. Hager, all of Sterling; five daughters, Dolores Ferguson of Chilhowie, Carol Nicklaus of Dixon, Sue Percycoe of Sterling, Connie Short of Dixon and Joy Near of Rock Falls, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Bare and Christine Davidson, both of Emory, Va.; 27 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Rock Falls.
A memorial has been established.
McDonald Funeral Home of Rock Falls, is in charge of arrangements.
Nellie W. Henson
BLUFF CITY - Mrs. Nellie Webb Henson, 84, of 581 Cedar St., died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at the residence following a lengthy illness. She was a native of Sullivan County and a daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Odell Webb. She is a retired employee of Raytheon and a member of the Bluff City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Henson in 1974; a daughter, Catherine H. Church Shelton; and nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Robin Woods and husband Clifton of Bristol Tennessee, Deborah Kay Church of Bluff City and Chris Church and wife Joyce of Piney Flats; four great-grandchildren, Nicole Whitaker and husband Herman Jr., Jill Woods and Autumn and Jamie Church; three great-great-grandchildren, Herman Whitaker III, Cheyenne and Storm Woods; one sister, Margaret Dorow of Tecumseh, Mich.; and many special nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held in the Sunrise Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bluff City United Methodist Church, 468 Cedar St., Bluff City, TN 37618 or the Morning View Cemetery, c/o Mike Miller, P.O. Box 296, Bluff City, TN 37618.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, is in charge.
Mary Fern Hillman
CLINTWOOD - Fern Hillman, 86, of Route 1, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at her residence. Born in Dickenson County, she was a daughter of the late Bob and Cora Rakes Rose. She was a homemaker and a member of Hill Ridge Freewill Baptist Church for 33 years and was also a deaconess. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers; five sisters; one grandson, David Hillman and son-in-law Jack Childress.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Oval Hillman; two sons, Max Hillman and wife Nell and Seibert Hillman and wife Patty, all of Clintwood; three daughters, Marge Childress, Phyllis Lockhart and husband Sidney of Weston, Fla., and Linda Peters and husband Gary of Marathon, Fla.; one sister, Irene Owens of Dayton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Rev. Luke Wright and Rev. Joe Glenn Sluss officiating. Burial will follow in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, where an evening service will be held at 7 p.m.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Raymond C. Hoback
COEBURN - Raymond Cecil Hoback, 74, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at his home. He was a retired employee of Funk Drilling and a member of the Banner Revival Center. Surviving are his wife, Cora Hoback; three sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Margie Hoback of Rocky Mount, Va., Bobby and Irene Hoback of Pound and David and Shelley Hoback of Coeburn; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Wayne Salyer, Patty and Darrell Stidham and Debbie Poole, all of Coeburn, and Linda and Steve Richardson of Richmond; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Banner Revival Center with the Rev. R.L. Crawford officiating. The body will be in the Banner Revival Center one hour before service time. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Coeburn. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Monday evening at the Sturgill Funeral Home, Coeburn. Sturgill Funeral Homes, Coeburn, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary L. McCoy
Funeral services for Mary Louise Mitchell McCoy will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church, with Rev. Vann Seal, Rev. Joe Hudson and Rev. David Barton officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 4210 Weaver Pike, Bluff City, TN 37618.
Mrs. McCoy, 73, daughter of the late Fred and Cora Leonard, joined the Lord Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002.
Raleigh L. McPeek
POUND - Raleigh Lester (Poppy) McPeek, 96, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at Heritage Hall Health Care, Clintwood.
He was a retired coal miner and mine superintendent and a former employee of Clinchfield and Consolidated Coal Co., Jenkins, Ky.
He was an ordained minister and a member and deacon of the Independent Baptist Church, Pound.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Caroline Moore McPeek.
Surviving are his wife of 73 years, Velma V. (Sissy) Hubbard McPeek of Pound; a special nephew, Bill McPeek of Monroe, Mich.; and a host of other nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Monday at the Independent Baptist Church, Pound, with Rev. Carmon Gentry officiating. Graveside committal services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Pound. The family will receive friends 5 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. Monday at the Independent Baptist Church, Pound.
Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise, is in charge of arrangements.
Cora S. Powers
DANTE - Committal services for Cora Skeens Powers will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. The funeral procession will leave for the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Mrs. Powers, 89, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, in Cambridge House in Bristol Tennessee.
Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Cleo D. Testerman
MARION - Cleo Vida Dishner Testerman, 94, the widow of Dewey B. Testerman, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, from her home in Marion. She was a member of Park Presbyterian Chapel. Mrs. Testerman was a loving and beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She loved her flowers and humming birds. She especially loved feeding her family on Sundays and holidays. Besides her husband preceding her death, she was preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Fanny Testerman.; two grandchildren, Dewey William Testerman and Wanda Faye Ferrell. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruby and Frank Chudoba of Disputanta, Va., Betty and Bill Miller of Glade Spring and Molly and Tommy Tilson of Seven Mile Ford, Va.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John D. Testerman of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Jim and June Testerman of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Thelma Jasik and Leona Preston, both of Marion; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor William T. Wing III officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the Testerman Family.
Mary K. Bevins
WISE - Mary K. Bevins, 57, passed away Friday, April 26, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Norton.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lucille Dunn.
Surviving are her husband, Bill Bevins of Wise; one daughter, Molly Vaughn of Coeburn; her mother, Lucille McCoy Deloe of Wise; five grandchildren, Matthew Bevins, Breanna Bevins, Shanna Branham, Billy Joe Branham and Ray Branham; four sisters, Gladys Cochran and Nancy Vanover, both of Wise, Diane Peck of Norton and Christine Bias of Coeburn; and two brothers, Leonard Cochran of Chicago and Robert Androska of Norton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel, Wise, with Pastor Jimmy Smith officiating. Graveside committal services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wise Cemetery, Wise, with Rev. Roy Dean officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. Monday at Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise.
Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise, is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred C. Bowery
Mildred C. Bowery, 86, went to be with her Lord at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2002, surrounded by family and friends at her home.
A lifelong resident of Sullivan County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Jospeh Cain and Sarah Kathryn Lane Cain.
Mrs. Bowery was a member of Beulah Baptist Church and Gleaners Sunday School Class. She previously attended Holston Senior Citizens and Beulah Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas (J.T.) Bowery; five sisters, Mae Cox, Leona Millsap, Pearl Rowland, Emma Lady and Hazel Cain; and one brother, William (Bill) Cain.
Surviving are one son, Thomas Wayne Bowery and wife, Linda, of Blountville; one daughter, Phyllis Ann Tuck and husband, Robert (Bobby), of Big Stone Gap; sister Bertha Ford of Kingsport; four grandchildren, Ruth Bowery Tucker of West Palm Beach, Fla., Amy Bowery Glenn of Morristown, Tenn., Lisa Tuck of Richmond and Nathan Tuck of Big Stone Gap; three great-grandchildren, Michaela Glenn, Haley Glenn and Matthew Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hamlett-Dobtson Funeral Home downtown Kingsport.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Beulah Baptist Church with Rev. Al South officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to services.
Burial will follow in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Sidney Lett, Lewis Lett, Toby Lett, Emmitt Spears, Bobby Godsey and Jeremiah Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Beulah Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, 491 Beulah Church Road, Kingsport, TN 37663.
George C. Bundy Jr.
Mr. George Clinton Bundy Jr., 80, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Chilhowie, a son of the late George Clinton Bundy and Anne Bundy Copenhaver.
He was educated in Abingdon and attended Greenbrier Military Academy. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps, returning to graduate from Emory & Henry College.
He owned and operated Hulsey Floor Service for many years.
Mr. Bundy was a member of the Bristol Host Lions Club and First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jean Hulsey Bundy; one son, William Clinton Bundy of Roanoke; two daughters, Beverly Bundy Spellings of Nashville and Leslie Bundy Haas of Johnson City; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Stancil officiating. The committal service and intermenty will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the graveside in the Beatie Section of Westwood Memorial Gardens, Chilhowie. Pallbearers will be William C. Bundy Jr., Robert M. Bundy, James C. Bundy, James H. Mullens IV, John Cullin Spellings, James Bundy Haas, William H. Johnstone and Richard R. Gentry. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent o First Baptist Church, 1 Virginia St., Bristol, VA 24201. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 2-3:45 p.m. Momday. E-mail condolences to the family may be sent to email@example.com. Akard Funeral Home is serving the Bundy family.
Barbara F. Carrier
KINGSPORT - Barbara Lou Fleenor Carrier, 48, went home to be with her mother and father at 9 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2002, at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Born April 26, 1954, in Kingsport, a daughter of the late William Issac and Arlie Faye Holt Fleenor, she has resided in this area all of her life.
Mrs. Carrier was a 1972 graduate of Sullivan Central High School.
She has worked as a hairdresser and had been employed at Grand Home Furnishings.
Mrs. Carier was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a special friend, Sheri Osborne.
Extended thanks to the staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center, to Grand Home Furnishings, Dr. Sue Prill and Dr. Kelley Maiden for their promise and support.
Survivors include two daughters, Amy M. Carrier McNew and husband, Rocky, of Piney Flats, Tenn., and Tracie L. Carrier Barr and husband, Chris, of Blountville; one son, Michael M. Carrier of Kingsport; three granddaughters, Kelley L. Barr, Amanda W. Barr and Britney J. Barr; one brother, William Issac Fleenor Jr. of Kingsport; one niece, Stacy Fleenor; one nephew, Todd Fleenor; one great-niece, Kristen; and special friends, Kaye and Bobby Burke, Gregory Hopkins, Chris Gibson, Lois Carter, Sandy Mumpower, Randy Sheets, Pastor Carl Blackburn and all our church family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2002, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 136 Highridge St., Bristol, Tenn. The Rev. Carl Blackburn will officiate. Committal services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2002, in the Mausoleum Chapel at Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Gibson, Gregory Hopkins, David Robinette, Chris Neal, Chris Barr and Nathan Robinette.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Carrier, Randy Sheets and Robert McNew.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to The American Cancer Breast Cancer Memorial Gift, c/o Nancy Parks, 435 Arlington Ave., Bristol, VA 24201.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2002, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 136 Highridge St., Bristol, TN.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge.
LEBANON - Nadyne Combs, formerly Nadyne Musick, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2002, in a Lebanon hospital. Born Feb. 1, 1934, in Cleveland, Va., she was a daughter of the late Paris and Thelma Smith Combs. She had spent most of her life in the area and was a member of Faith in Christ Free Will Baptist Church. She had retired with 31 years of service from Russell Manufacturing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Combs and one brother, Raymond Combs.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Buckles of Lebanon; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Eugene and Lisa Musick of Lebanon and Virgil Musick of Lebanon; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Wayne Wallace of Honaker and Lottie and Shorty Musick of Cleveland, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Sue Combs of Cleveland, Va., and Carl E. and Jean Combs of Lebanon; one aunt, Freda Peters of Cincinnati; one uncle, Harold Smith of Kirkland, Wash.; five grandchildren, Renee Combs, Jeanie Kennedy, Tia Musick, Jason Musick and Justin Musick, all of Lebanon; two great-grandchidlren, Ashley Combs and Tabitha Nadyne Kennedy also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Honaker Funeral Home of Honaker with Rev. Roy Lee Wilson, Rev. Denver Barton and Rev. Jeffery Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Musick, Josh Stevens, Dwaine Lester, Bill Allen Honaker, Rush Gamble and Ervin Nuckles.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dwight Bailey, Dr. Norman Rexrode, Trigg Fields and Matt Stevens.
Friends may call at Honaker Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Sunday.
Margaret Brown Gilmer
LEBANON - Margaret Brown Gilmer, 79, died Friday, April 26, 2002.
Born Sept. 30, 1922, in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late Paul Frank Brown and Bertha Fourney Brown. She was the widow of John K. Gilmer. A retired teacher and librarian in the Russell County Schools, she was a graduate of James Madison University and received her masters degree from Vanderbilt University. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Meg Gilmer of Charlottesville, Charlotte Gilmer of Sterling and Pam Gilmer of Roanoke; one son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Veronica Gilmer of Lebanon; one granddaughter, Katie Gilmer of Lebanon; three sisters, Polly Harvey of Roseland, Va., Ruth Gustosson of Ballwin, Mo., and Edna Drew of Winter Haven, Fla.; one brother, Frank Brown of Honaker; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2002, in Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Lebanon with Father Paul Maier officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom Gilmer, Frank Brown Jr., Wes Brown, Eric Brown, Steve Starnes and John Brenner. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, P.O. Box 730, Lebanon, VA 24266 or to the Russell County Public Library, P.O. Box 247, Lebanon, VA 24266.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Gilmer.
CLINTWOOD - Carter Hall, 81, of Route 3, Skeetrock section, passed away Friday, April 26, 2002, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport.
Mr. Hall was a member of Skeetrock Community Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his father, Silas Carter, and his mother, Eliza Jane Collie Hall.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Eula Moore Hall of Clintwood; four sons, Bobby Hall of Clintwood, Donald Hall of Pound, Jerry Hall of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Timmy Hall of Fort Drum, N.Y.; eight daughters, Patsy Rose and Susan Kelly of Wise, Yvonne Anderson, Erma Farmer and Peggy Stanley of Clintwood, Kathy Riddle and Judy Wright of Edmonton, Ky., and Karen Gross of Wallins Creek, Ky.; 35 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Hall will be conducted Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. in Sadie Baker Memorial Chapel, Baker Funeral Home with Elder Donnie West. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. with a song service at 7 p.m.
Baker Funeral Home of Pound is serving the Hall family.
Dorothy B. Harris
The funeral service for Dorothy (Dot) Beidleman Harris will be conducted at 7 o'clock Sunday evening at John Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Daniels, Rev. W.A. Johnson and Rev. William Reed officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 till 7 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Norman Cook, Fred Delaney, Harris Howard, Marvin Beidleman, Tommy McDaniels, Robert Bunch, Orlin Jenkins and Julian Glover. Honorary pallbearers will be co-workers of Sullivan County School System. The committal services and intermenty will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at National Cemetery, Mountain Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Harris, 73, of 917 E. State St., Bristol, Tenn., died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Harris have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Melvin Pyott Hart
Graveside services for Melvin Pyott Hart will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002, in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va., with Richard Gaminde, minister, officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Hunt, Christopher Hart, Wayne L. Hart Jr., Damien Hart, Tommy Hart, Randy Hart and Charlie Owens. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Mr. Hart, 66, of 480 King Lane, Bristol, Tenn., died Thursday, April 25, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Norma J. Hart; two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin P. Hart Jr. and Marion K. Hart of Washington, N.C., and David E. Hart and Sheila B. Hart of Pulaski, Va.; two daughters and son-in-law, Carol L. (Hart) Hunt and Steve Hunt of Horse Pen, Va., and Patricia Hart of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three brothers, William Hart of Bluefield, W.Va., Wayne L. Hart Jr. of Bristol, Tenn., and Thomas E. Hart of Bluefield, Va.; two sisters, Marcella (Hart) Hyatt of Bristol, Tenn., and Joann (Hart) Campbell of Maryland. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Christopher D. Hart, Amanda (Hart) Irvin, Chelsea T. Hart, Kennedi N. Hart, and Nicholas D. Hart. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Hart.
Fred E. Hylton
COEBURN - Fred Everette Hylton, 77, born March 16, 1925, passed away Friday, April 26, 2002, at Norton Community Hospital, Norton. His time on earth was 77 years, one month and 11 days. He served in Europe during World War II as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, was a retired coal miner and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Basil Hatfield Hylton and his mother, Mary Magaline (James) Hylton; three sisters, Juanita Edens, Alpha Pettit and Joan McCoy; and two brothers, Basil Hylton Jr. and Luther Bige Hylton.
Surviving are two sons, George Everette Hylton and James Carol Hylton; one sister, Nina Kiser and husband, Hugh Kiser, of Norton; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Hylton of Coeburn and Juanita Hylton of Beckley, W.Va.; a very special niece, Sandra Kiser of Norton; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel, Coeburn, with Pastor Jimmy Smith officiating. Graveside committal services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery, Coeburn. The family will receive friends 6 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sturgill Funeral Home, Coeburn.
Sturgill Funeral Home, Coeburn, is in charge of arrangements.
Irvin Walter Matney
TAZEWELL - Funeral services for Minister Irvin Walter Matney will be conducted Sunday, April 28, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel, Tazewell, with Minister Fred Osborne officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill. Pallbearers will be Clyde Matney, Keith Matney, Bobby Matney, Tim Matney, Brad Matney and Donald Evans.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cliffield Church of Christ, Route 3, Box 2310, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609 or to the church of one's choice.
Mr. Matney, 83, died Friday, April 26, 2002, at home following a lenghty illness.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Tazewell is in charge of arrangements.
Harriet C. Mays
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Harriet C. Mays, 69, died Friday, April 26, 2002, at her residence.
Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
HILTONS, Va. - Virgil Paul McMurray, 81, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Virgil was a lifelong resident of Scott County. He was a rural mail carrier in the Hiltons area for several yars. He was retired from Scott County Sheriff's Department, where he served from Jan. 1, 1972 to Dec. 31, 1986. He and his wife, Gladys, enjoyed many years in their country store in Hiltons.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Walker and Hester McMurray; brothers Frank McMurray, Rhea McMurray, Eugene McMurray, the Rev. Grady McMurray and Herschel McMurray; and sister, Ollie McMurray.
Virgil is survived by his faithful, loving wife of 59 years, Gladys McMurray; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Sheila McMurray of Grundy; daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Ann and Fred Vicars of Bristol, Va., Mavis and Bill Hatton of Kingsport and Patsy and Jerry Larkey of Bristol, Va. ; brother Junior McMurray of Blountville; sister Ruby McMurray of Kingsport; grandchildren Jason McMurray, Michael and wife, Amy Vicars, and Lori Ann and husband, Travis Sauls; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Elizabeth Sauls and Walker Britton Sauls; step-grandchildren Teresa Tabor and Lynn Linkous; great-grandchildren, Seth and Caleb Tabor and Kayla and Mandi Linkous; and several nieces and nephews who he loved as his own.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002, in the funeral home chapel with pastor Buford Blankenbeckler and Elder Johnny Bowlin officiating, with eulogy by Jim Bowlin. Music will be by the Bowlin Family. Pallbearers will be Darrell McMurray, Greg McMurray, Bill Hilton, Jim Bowlin, James McMurray, Neal Hensley, Marvin Gardner and Eugene Blaylock. Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Pendleton, Dr. James Schrenker, Ross Bright, Lawrence Carter, Charlie Smith, Roger Loepp, Clyde Gardner, Russell Fraizer, Harry Warren, W.C. McMurray, Pete Taylor, Howard McMurray, Cornelius McMurray, Garney Gillenwater, Woodrow McMurray, Harlan Hobbs, Chris Hurley, the Rev. Dewey Shaffer, the Rev. I.W. McNamara, Tony Hobbs, Dan Fleenor, Dale Carter, Walter Gardner and nephews and grandsons. Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery, Weber City.
Arrangements by Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.