Michael Joe Lester
ROWE, Va. - Mr. Michael Joe Lester, 44, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002, at home following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Rollins (Bud) and Ola Gay Ratliff Lester. He was a 1976 gradaute of Garden High School. He was a coal miner with Island Creek Coal Co. and a member of the UMWA.
Mr. Lester is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tammy Lynn Kidd Lester of Rowe; one son, Jonathan Michael Lester of Lebanon; one daughter, Christy Ann Lester Rhea of Virginia Beach; one granddaughter, Kylie Ann Rhea of Virginia Beach; one brother, Randy Lester of Rowe; and three sisters, Jeanie Lester of Richlands, Penny Osborne of Richlands and Darlene Jackson of Rowe.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2002, in Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel at Keen Mountain with Rev. Ancil Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Ratliff Family cemetery at Garden Creek, Va. Pallbearers will be Randall Fuller, Tom Shortridge, Cody Van Dyke, Troy Street, Darrell Hess, James Helton and Wayne Hess.
The family will receive friends at Buchanan Funeral Service at Keen Mountain from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.
Buchanan Funeral Service at Keen Mountain is serving the Lester family.
LEBANON - The funeral service for David Wayne McClanahan will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Tolar and the Rev. Doug Sterrett officiating. Honorary pallbearerers will be Ronnie Harwood, Mark Selby, Bob, Jerry, O.J., Fred, Scott and Tom Bays, Klyne and Eddie Lauderback, Gerald Lawson, Leo Barnett, Mike Willis, Randy Keith Arrowood, Steven Arrowood, Will Matousek and Bob Jessee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2575, Lebanon, VA 24266.
Mr. McClanahan, 45, died Monday, July 1, 2002, in Avon, N.C.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. McClanahan.
Sandy Greenwell Nelms
Sandy Greenwell Nelms died Friday, July 5, 2002, at Johnson City Medical Center. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Marie Elaine Oxendine
Marie Elaine Oxendine, infant daughter of Amethyst Smith and James Oxendine, of Bristol Virginia passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Johnson City Medical Center.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Dejai and a brother, Maceo, both of the home; maternal grandmother, Doris Marie Meade of Bristol; maternal grandfathers, Anthony Davis of Bristol and Mark Smith of Charlotte, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Maxine Elaine Brown of Cleveland, Ohio; paternal grandfather, James Oxendine of Joensborough, Tenn.; special great-grandparents, Doris and Reginald Meade of Bristol Tennessee; three uncles, Kevin, Mark and Keller Smith, all of Bristol; two aunts, Karen Duncan and Ramona Zera, both of Asheville, N.C.; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
The funeral service will be private. Entombment will be in Glenwood Cemetery Babyland.
Arrangements especially for Marie have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Con F. Rasnick
LEBANON - The funeral service for Con F. Rasnick will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael Hendricks, David Rasnick, Brett Rasnick and friends Joey Hawkins, Hassell Kegley and Leonard Kegley. Honorary pallbearers will be J.A. Combs, Odell Kiser, Tim Rasnick, John Harold Breeding, Maynard Salyer, A.P. Holiday, Chalmers Rasnake, Kenneth Rasnake, Gene Rasnake, Jim Smith, Jim Davidson and Jimmie Rasnake.
Mr. Rasnick, 78, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at home.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Rasnick.
John Phillip Senter
PHOENIX, Ariz. - A memorial service for John Phillip (Phil) Senter will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon with the Rev. Lester Ferguson and the Rev. Tom Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Senter, 51, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, in a Phoenix hospital.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Senter.
Loey E. Simcox
Funeral services for Loey Edward Simcox will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Birchfield officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975 of Bristol. Pallbearers will be Daryl Simcox, James Bailey, Jasper Harmon, Daniel Dutton, John Hoffman and Ray Perrigan. E-mail condolences may be made to www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Simcox, 85, of 45 Pace Drive, Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Buena V. Taylor
Buena V. Taylor, 90, of Bristol Tennessee went to be with her Lord and Savior July 4, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born July 2, 1912, in Washington County to the late Roy and Ida Williams. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband, Jess S. Taylor. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area, where she was a member of Holston Valley Christian Church and adult Sunday school teacher for many years. Mrs. Taylor was a retired employee of Cortrim Hardware Parts Co. After retirement she worked at Jacobs Creek Job Corps in the Older Americans Program.
Survivors include one daughter, Louise Hartsock and husband, Mack, of Bristol Tennessee; granddaughter, Sonja and special grandson-in-law, Steve Cox; great-grandchildren, Kristin Cox, Derrick Cox, Kelly Smith, Stevan Cox; five great-great-granddaughters; two sisters, Lou Tester of Bristol Tennessee and Barbara Groom of Nashville; special niece, Helen Miller; and special friend, Linda Smith.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, 2 p.m., July 7, 2002, in Holston Valley Christian Church with Ministers Howard Taylor, Gary Barnett and Gary Garland officiating. Burial will follow in Harold E. Barnett Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are deacons of Holston Valley Christian Church. The family will receive friends Saturday 6 to 8 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home.
Earnest N. Tedder
ABINGDON - Mr. Earnest N. Tedder, 98, died Friday, July 5, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Arrangements are incomplete. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Earnest N. Tedder.
RICHMOND - Samuel Turner, 26, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002.
Arrangements are incomplete at Haysi Funeral Home.
Margie Agnes Vest
WARREN, Mich. - Margie Agnes Vest, 75, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002. A native of Dickenson County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Laura Edwards. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Dallas Dean Vest; one brother, Carnell Edwards; and two sisters, Zella Edwards and Arbutis Barton.
Survivors include three sons, David (Barb) Fitzgerald of Ohio, Curtis Vest of Oak Park, Mich., and Arlie (Renee) Vest of Warren; seven daughters, Norma Riehl, Connie (Raymond) Eisler, Theressa (Curtis) Dancy, Brenda (Lyle) Burns and Denise (Robert) Woulfe, all of Warren, Sue (Wayne) Perrigan of East Point, Mich., and Nina Meadows of West Virginia; one brother, Charlie Edwards of Haysi, the last surviving child of Ben and Laura Edwards; 49 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2002. Friends may call after 10 a.m. until time of funeral at Haysi Funeral Home with Elders Robert Fuller and Garnell Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Nathan Edwards Cemetery, Clinchco, Va. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Edward Yates
BIG ROCK, Va. - Ralph Edward Yates, 71, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Va., following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was a son of the late Elbert H. and Vicey Ramey Yates. He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and a member of Primitive Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, serving with the 462nd QM in Germany, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and Occuaption Medal Germany. He was a retired employee of Harman Mining Co. and a member of United Mine Workers of America Local Union No. 7025.
Mr. Yates is survived by his wife, Edith Breeding Yates of Big Rock; one daugther, Rebecca and husband, Steve Stiltner, of Big Rock; two sons, Teddy and wife, Emma Jean Yates, of Big Rock and Jeffrey and wife, Melissa Yates, of Grundy; two brothers, Thomas Yates of Yorktown, Va., and Harry Yates of Conaway, Va.; one granddaughter, Emily Stiltner; and one grandson, Jeremy McClanahan.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Yates and Ruby Puckett; and three brothers, Elbert Harvey Yates Jr., Harold Yates and Kermit Yates.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, July 7, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Don Matney and Elder Buford Stacy officiating with burial to follow in MountainValley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Sunday evening at 6 p.m. with a song service at 7 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be family and friends.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
Roy Lee Bolling
WISE - Roy Lee Bolling, 76, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn.
He was former partner of J & G Logging, B & N Logging and South Fork Stone Co. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, was a member of the Pound V.F.W. Post 9600 and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Creed and Pearlie Bolling; and three brothers, Foister Bolling, Elmer Bolling and Ted Bolling.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Roberts Bolling of Wise; one daughter, Sandra Mager of Wise; three sons, Jerry Bolling of Pound and Terry Bolling and Neil Bolling, both of Wise; two sisters, Norma B. Addington and Artie B. Bailey, both of Wise; one brother, Lawrence J. Bolling of Wise; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel, Wise, with Rev. Jack Blanton and Rev. Eddie Sturgill officiating. Burial will follow in the Flat Gap Cemetery, Pound. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise.
Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise, is in charge of arrangements.
Oma G. Carter
WISE - Oma Lenora Gibson Carter, 85, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Norton Community Hospital. She was born Feb. 17, 1917, at Wise where she lived most of her life. Mrs. Carter had worked at Bandbox Cleaners and had also worked as a nurse at the Tennessee School for The Deaf. She attended the Birchfield Church in Pound.
She was a daughter of the late George E. Gibson and Edna Jane Riner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Buford Carter in 1972; and also by four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by a brother, Paul E. Gibson, Wise; a special friend, Oma "Wonderwoman" Gentry, Wise; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Carty Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Lester Baker officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Friday one hour prior to memorial service.
Arrangements cared for by Carty Funeral Home, Norton-Wise, Va.
Justin Dean Chaffin
ABINGDON - Committal services for Justin Dean Chaffin will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Friends who will attend the committal service are requested to assemble at the cemetery.
Mr. Chaffin, 19, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at his home.
The family of Justin Dean Chaffin is being served by Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon.
Ann Stevens Curtis
Ann Stevens Curtis of 8377 Loretta Lane, Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at her home. She was born Dec. 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Ceil and Bertha Frazier Stevens. Mrs. Curtis was a life long resident of the Bristol area, a homemaker and the widow of Melvin R. Curtis.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Dan Pless; sisters, Betty Nunn, Nancy Gay Miller, Darlene Taylor, Lila Lingerfelt and Thelma Lingerfelt; brothers, Jay Frazier, Kirk Stevens, Derl Stevens, Gordie Stevens, Carl Stevens, Johnny Stevens, Noah Stevens, Nat Stevens and Allen Stevens; grandchildren, Kevin Elton, Casondra and husband Patrick Clark and Angie Pless; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, in the Mountain View Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Stan Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity. Email The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Weaver Funeral Home and other times at the home of a sister, Betty Nunn, 302 1/2 Highland St., Bristol, Tenn.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alice F. DeBord
MARION - Alice Mae Farris DeBord, 78, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at her son's home in Marion. She was a licensed practical nurse and retired from Southwestern State Hospital. She spent her life as a caregiver to her children and others. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Larry Dean of Marion; three sons and daughters-in-law, Buford and Christine DeBord and Myron Dwayne and Debbie DeBord, all of Marion, and Michael and Robin DeBord of Blacksburg, Va.; Three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Eileen Farris of West Jefferson, N.C., Walter "Gene" and Edith Farris and Mary Farris, all of Marion, and Earl and Nancy Farris of Kingsport; one sister, Mabel Wagoner of Marion; seven grandchildren, Eddie DeBord and wife Kathy, Keith DeBord and wife Melinda, Emily DeBord, Lee Musser and husband Shawn, Lisa Crockett and husband Tim, Dana Crewey and husband Josh and Travis Dean; six great-grandchildren, Marcus DeBord, April DeBord, Keith-Allan "K.J." DeBord, Brian Crockett, Tyler Crockett and Joshua Crewey; and special friends, Rosa Thompson, Smyth County Sheriff's Department, Shirley and Marvin Sutherland and Cordelia DeBord. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Rev. David Neitch and Rev. Kyle French officiating. Burial will follow in Wassum Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the DeBord Family.
William H. Elswick Jr.
KINGSPORT - William H. "Billy" Elswick Jr., 62, formerly of Tazewell, Va., died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va.
Lucille L. Fentz
GORDONSVILLE, Tenn. - Mrs. Lucille Ruth Lewis Fentz, 85, of Basswood Drive, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville.
Mrs. Fentz was born in Bristol Virginia, the daughter of the late Alice Weidner and Thomas Stevens. Six brothers and sisters preceded her in death, John, Bill, Homer, Gordon, Claire and Ruby. She was married to Charles David Lewis and he preceded her in death in 1965, and she then married Ernest M. Fentz who preceded her in death in 1989. She was an employee of A & P Grocery Stores for 20 years, retiring in 1975. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and was a Past Matron.
Mrs. Fentz is survived by six children, Charles Wayne Lewis of Dallas, Bobby Joe Lewis of Indianapolis, Janice Bryant of Gordonsville, Martha Anders of Indianapolis, Sally Killinger of Indianapolis and Fredia Kay Rash of Indianapolis; brother, Bruce Stevens of Bristol Virginia; sister, Sally Hawn of Ocala, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fentz's remains are at the Kingsport Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, E. Charlemont St., Kingsport, where the family will receive friends on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Kingsport Chapel on Saturday morning, Aug. 3, 2002, at 11 a.m. (EDST). Interment will follow in Gunnings Cemetery, Kingsport.
Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville Chapel.
Barbara B. Frey
KOKOMO, Ind. - Barbara Lynda (Bishop) Frey, 58, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Dry Ridge, Ky.
A resident of Kokomo, Ind., she was a native of Wise County, having graduated from Appalachia High School in 1961, and was a graduate of Wise County Technical School of Cosmetology. She was retired from Delco Electronics (General Motors), where she worked from January 1975-December 1999.
She was a member of Living Word Ministries in Frankfort, Ind., a member of United Auto Workers, Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge and a member in several bowling leagues in Kokomo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Frey; father, Joseph Earl Bishop; and a sister, Mary Loretta (Payne) Strong.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Denise Culbertson, Kokomo; mother, Lucille Bishop, Appalachia, Va.; sisters, Melena L. Bishop and Irene Howell, both of Appalachia; brothers, Robert Wayne Strong and wife Omanell, Frankfort, Ind., and Joseph Neal "JN" Bishop and wife Joyce, Waynesboro, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in Hagy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lynn Vanover officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. until time of service.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gene Dodds Glass died July 12, 2002, in Louisville, three days before her 90th birthday.
She was a resident of Norton for a number of years where she and her husband, the late Frank Glass, owned and operated the Norton Pharmacy.
She is survived by daughter, Saragene Boericke, Hillsborough, N.C.; sons, Frank Glass Jr., New York City, Robert Glass, Louisville and Paul Glass, Lexington, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Jimmy and Genie Boericke, Ali, Sarah, Noah and Asa Glass and Joy and Corey Glass; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Megan Boericke; and brother, William Holden Dodds, Haymarket, Va.
A service honoring her memory will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2002, in Norton United Methodist Church with Rev. Amy Cook-Alcorn officiating. Interment will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Obituary information furnished by Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.
James Carl Green
James Carl "Jay" Green, 58, passed away on Jan. 26, 2002. His passing was the result of a sudden heart attack.
Jay was the beloved son of the late James M. and Lura C. Green of Piney Flats, Tenn.
He was the beloved father of Kelly R. Green and Stacy R. Fennimore of Wilmington, Del.; and his granddaughter, Adelayne, with whom he spent one short week, especially misses him.
To honor Jay's life, a memorial service will be held on Aug. 1, 2002, at noon. This date is significant to the family as Jay's parents each passed on Aug. 1, five years apart.
Please join family and friends at Glenwood Cemetery, 839 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37625.
Information provided by Weaver Funeral Home.
Laura P. Isley
Laura P. Isley, 48, of 2413 Osborne St., Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. She was born to the late Harvey Kennon Isley and Laura Cox Isley in Martinsville, Va., on April 28, 1954, and was a lifelong resident of Bristol, having taught 4th grade at Weaver Elementary School for 22 years. Miss Isley was a member of Fellowship Chapel Church.
Survivors include: mother, Laura Cox Isley of the home; one brother, Kenny Isley and wife Debbie, Bristol Virginia; one sister, Margaret "Poe" Lane and husband Anthony of Bristol Virginia; and one nephew, Adam Lane, Bristol Virginia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Fellowship Chapel Church, Bristol Virginia, with Rev. Scott Price officiating. The family will received friends at the church from 6 until 9 p.m. prior to the service. The committal service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Mountain View Mausoleum and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Bristol Virginia. Honorary pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Fellowship Chapel, 201 Crockett St., Bristol, VA 24201 for Greeneville Children's Fund.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Irving A. Lamy
Mr. Irving A. Lamy of Bristol Tennessee, went to be with his Lord Monday, July 29, 2002, at Indian Path Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Watertown, Conn., and was a retired employee of Anaconda American Brass, Waterbury, Conn. Mr. Lamy (Pepere) had resided in Bristol Tennessee, for the past six years and was a member of Vance Bible Church. He previously resided in Raleigh, N.C., Norfolk, Conn., and Watertown.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Cecile; one sister, Sister Rita Lamy of West Hartford, Conn.; four sons, Richard of Raleigh, N.C., Ronald of High Point, N.C., Marcel of Ferrum, Va., and Kevin of Kensington, Conn.; two daughters, Lorraine Langlais of Thomaston, Conn., and Denise Hitefield of Bristol Tennessee; and 19 grandchildren.
A memorial fellowship will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Vance Bible Church, Broyles Lane, Bristol, Tenn. Because of Irving's great love for children, in lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the following school scholarship fund for needy children: Tri-Cities Christian School, 2031 Broad St., Bristol, TN 37620, Attn: Lisa Layell (Pepere Lamy Scholarship Fund).
Arrangements made by Mountain Empire Cremation, Elizabethton, Tenn.
William S. Lowe Sr.
CEDAR BLUFF - Funeral services for Mr. William Stuart (Bill) Lowe Sr. will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Audie Allen, Brother Bill Fletcher and Rev. Darrell Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow in the Reynolds Cemetery on Kents Ridge near Swords Creek, Va.
Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Lowe, 59, passed away Monday, July 29, 2002, in a Kingsport hospital.