Thomas J. Messer
BLUFF CITY - The funeral service for Thomas J. Messer will be conducted at 1 o'clock Tuesday at the graveside in Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Alan Moor officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Patton-Crosswhite V.F.W. Post 6975. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Bristol Cancer Association, 126 Johnson St., Bristol, VA 24201.
Mr. Messer, 75, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at home.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Messer have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Charles Jeffrey Morton
Charles Jeffrey Morton, 37, of 228 Eula Private Drive, Bristol, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Saturday, June 1, 2002, in the HolstonValley Medical Center.
He ws born June 27, 1964, in Bristol, Tenn. Mr. Morton was a life long resident of the Bristol area, was a member of the Solid Rock Assembly of God and a former employee of Rentback Construction Co.
Mr. Morton was preceded in death by his father, Elmo Lee Morton Jr.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Cox Morton; his wife, Dorothy Morton; children, Annamarie Poole, Lewis E. Burd and wife Pam, and Michael S. Burd. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Michael, Mandy, Jonae, Dillion, Haylie and Hannah; a sister, Lisa Gilmer; two brothers, Larry Morton and Ronnie Morton; two nieces, Marlena and Regina; and two nephews, Robby and Derick.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steven Gobble and Brother James Sayler officiating. Burial will follow in the Shelby Hill Cemetry. Pallbearers will be Larry Morton, Ronnie Morton, Lewis Burd, Michael Burd, Derick Morton, Robby Gillmer, Byron Ellis and Dale Gillmer.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Weaver Funeral Home and other times at 506 Beechwood Drive, Bristol, TN.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marion D. Murphy
LEBANON - Marion D. Murphy, 92, formerly of Runa, Nicholas County, W.Va., died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in the MountainView Retirement Home at Lebanon. Born in Marion County, W.Va.; she was a daughter of the late Charles and Virginia Baker Downs. She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at Runa. She was a member of the West Virginia Retired Teachers Assciation, the West Virginia Education Association and was a retired teacher with 30 years of service. She was the widow of James Andrew Murphy.
Surviving are one daugther, Jamie Rexrode of Lebanon; and two grandchildren, Lara Rexrode and Noah Rexrode.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Runa.
White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge.
Information courtesy of Combs Funeral Service in Lebanon.
Winnieferd L. Oliver
DANTE - Graveside services and burial for Winnieferd L. Oliver will be conducted at Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Father Paul Maier officiating. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will meet at the funeral home and go in procession to the cemetery, leaving at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood. Condolences may be sent to the Oliver family via e-mail to email@example.com.
Mrs. Oliver, 85, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Norton.
Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DORAN, Va. - Ms. Pauline Price, 84, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at a Richlands hospital following a brief illness.
She was born in Ramage, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Emory Lester Kirk and Lilly Mae Foster Kirk, both Boone County, W.Va., natives.
She had made her home in the Doran area the past 54 years and was a retired employee of the Tazewell County School System. She was a charter member of the Doran Wesleyan Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and pianist for a number of years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. E.C. Price, April 25, 2002; one son, Paul D. Price; one granddaughter, Shelia Foster; and two grandsons, Preston M. Price II and Benjamin Foster.
Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs. Loretta Simmons and husband, Bernard of Bristol, Va., Mrs. Lois Salyers and husband, Emory of Raven, Va., and Mrs. Loraine Foster and husband, Dude of Doran; two sons, Mr. P.M. Price and wife, Doris of Sugar Grove, Va., and Mr. Ernie Price of Doran; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Deloris Price of Richlands; one sister, Mrs. Trudy Smith of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one brother, Mr. Bruce Kirk of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. Bud Fugate and Dr. Charles Massey officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be: William Simmons, Bryan Simmons, Tim Salyers, Henry Foster III, David Price II and E.W. Griffith III. Honorary pallbearers: Jean Spencer, Dan Bales, Cecil Thompson, Martha Jackson, Dixie Wolfe, George Smith, Dr. Toya Piriz, Dr. James H. McVey, Susie Addison and men of the Doran Wesleyan Church. Friends may call at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements.
BLUFF CITY --The committal service for Douglas Riley will be conducted at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning in Glenwood Cemetery with entombment to follow. Honorary pallbearers will be Toy Hicks, Tom Milhorn, John Lindamood, Ron Palin, Hal Stout, Sam Griffin, Jack Malone, George Williams, Robert Harmon, Dr. Mark Overbay, Mike Reed and Mike Watson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Building Fund of Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church.
Mr. Riley, 72, of 153 Echo Lane, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Riley have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Linda E. Stacy
VANSANT, Va. - Linda Marie Estep Stacy, 46 years of age, of the Prater area, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002, at Buchanan General Hospital following a short illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Lillian Agnes Estep. She was a life-long resident of Buchanan County, a graduate of Hurley High School and a homemaker.
She is survived by one daughter, Tina Marie Vanover, Grundy; one son, Charlie Raymond Estep, Coeburn; two sisters, Thelma Chapman, Grundy and Irene Yates, Hurley, Va.; two brothers, Harold Estep, Cairo, Ga., and Clarence Estep, Woodbridge, Va.; and one granddaughter, Alexandria Vanover.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Justus; and four brothers, George, Matthew, Elden and Earl Estep.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 6, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Church of God in Jesus Name on Guesses Fork with Rev. Donny Prater officiating with burial to follow in the Estep Cemetery on Popcorn on Right Fork of Paw Paw.
Friends may call at the Church of God in Jesus Name on Guesses Fork Tuesday evening at 4 p.m. with services Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be: nephews and son-in-law, Earnest Vanover. Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Hussain and Dr. Sahai.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
Charlie Clyde Viers
HAYSI - Charlie Clyde Viers, 67, of Route 2, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Born in Dickenson County, he was a son of the late R.D. and Vada Turner Viers. Mr. Viers had been employed in the steel industry as a die caster and by General Motors and was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Fay Viers; three sisters, Trula Colley, Edith Viers and Patsy Viers; and one brother, Walter Viers.
Survivors include his wife, Midge Viers; two sons, Charles Steve Viers and William Randolf Viers, both of Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Rebecca Jane Sutherland of Birchleaf, Va., and Betty Lou Wampler of Haysi; two brothers, Johnny Viers and Pridemore Viers, both of Haysi; five sisters, Maggie Rasnake, Fannie O'quinn, Mary Sue Woods and Elsie Compton, all of Haysi, and Olive Watson of Bristol, Va.; three grandsons; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Elders Roger Rose and Garnell Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the R.D. Viers Family Cemetery, Route 2, Haysi. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at Haysi Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 4, after 6 p.m. with a prayer by Elder Roger Fuller and a song service at 7 p.m.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
SALTVILLE - Helen Callihan, 85, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. D.R. Henderson Funeral Home of Saltville is serving the family.
POUND - Frank Cantrell, 80, died May 2, 2002, in St. Mary's Hospital, Norton.
Mr. Cantrell was of the Baptist faith. Frank was a member of Pound VFW Post 9600, American Legion, the UMWA and Local Union 5741. He also was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny W. Cantrell and Etta Mae Short Cantrell; three brothers, Jimmy Kyle Cantrell, Dod Cantrell and Glenn Cantrell; and four sisters, Glessie Wolford, Anna Faye Mullins, Ruby Jane Mullins and Christine Mullins.
Mr. Cantrell was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his spouse, Mary E. Howington Cantrell of Pound; daughters Jean and Tommy Sparks of Pound, Jewell and Bennie Mullins of Pound and Vanda and Jackie Lawson of Pound; son, Philip Sr. and Christine Cantrell of Pound; sisters Gleda Kelly of Cincinnati, Mary Ellen Mullins of Pound and Linda Gail Mullins of Pound; brothers Buddy Cantrell of Pound and Burlin Cantrell of Pound; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours are from 5-9 p.m. Saturday in Baker Funeral Home, Pound. Services 1 p.m. Sunday in Sadie Baker Memorial Chapel of Baker Funeral Home, Pound, with Rev. Willie Lamb officiating. Interment will be in Eli Mullins Cemetery, Pound. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Baker Funeral Home, Pound, is serving the family of Frank Cantrell.
Christopher W. Crusenberry, 27, of Bristol, Tenn., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Kingsport. He was a native and lifelong resident of the Bristol area.
Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Crusenberry; two sons, Skyler Crusenberry and Gabriel Crusenberry; mother and stepfather, Sharon and David Humphreys; father, Warren Crusenberry of Bristol, Va.; two brothers, Lee Crusenberry of Korea and Nathaniel Sanchez of Japan; three sisters, Tracie Sanchez, Terra Sanchez and Angela Crusenberry, all of Bristol; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and significant others, Selena and Christopher Carroll.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, at the graveside in High Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Weaver Funeral Home.
A note from his Mom: "My precious son, I will miss looking in your beautiful eyes, seeing your wonderful smile and basking in all the love that came from your great, big heart. I love you, Mom."
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Booher Fritts
Mildred Booher Fritts, 79, of Bristol Caverns Highway, Bristol, Tenn., died Friday, May 3, 2002, in Cambridge House. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Weaver Funeral Home.
Dorothy S. Fulton
BLOUNTVILLE - Dorothy Frances Shepherd Fulton, 66, of Misty Waters died Friday, May 3, 2002, at home after a lengthy illness. She was born in Inman, Va., a daughter of the late Walter and Verdie Brewer Shepherd. She lived in Tampa, Fla., from 1971 until 1993, when she moved to Blountville. She was a member of Boone's Creek United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jesse Fulton of the home; two daughters, Yvonne Arnold Baldwin of Gray, Tenn., and Sandra Arnold Rutledge of Kingsport; a son, Tony Arnold of Kingsport; four sisters, Edna Rasnick, Mary Mahan, Nadine Suttle and Flo Johsnon, all of Marion, N.C.; two brothers, Paul Shepherd and Roy Shepherd, both of Bristol, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Daniel W. Arnold, Christina Arnold, Diva Rutledge, Dena Rutledge, Devin Rutledge, Emily R. Baldwin and Molly V. Baldwin; four stepchildren, Carolyn Little of Lexington, S.C., Julie Bryan of Challis, Idaho, Sharon Howgate of Jacksonville and Jimmy Fulton of Tampa; 11 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:45 Sunday evening at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Hensley and Rev. James Garland officiating. The committal service and entombment will be at 11 o'clock Monday morning in Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Medical Center Hospice, 1807 W. Market St., Johnson City, TN 37604 or the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley St., Suite 4, Johnson City, TN 37601. The family may be reached at the home of Yvonne and Ken Baldwin, 491 Rockingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, telephone (423) 477-4556. Condolences and memories may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Fulton have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Henry Bernard Gibson
HARRISONBURG - Henry Bernard Gibson, 94, formerly of Harrisonburg, died Thursday morning, May 2, 2002, at Bridgewater Home.
Arrangements will be announced by Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home of Harrisonburg.
James L. Handy
CHRISTIANSBURG - James L. Handy, 90, passed away at home Wednesday, May 1, 2002. Mr. Handy was a crane operator for 45 years. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Daris M. Handy; five sons and daughters-in-law, James Carson and Betty Handy of Bristol, Va., H.L. (Jeff) and Dee Handy of Charlotte, Roger and Anna Handy of Radford, Bobby and Gayle Handy of Shawsville, Va., and Arvel L. Handy of Charlotte; and five daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and James Miller of Roanoke, Dinah and Larry Hall of Roanoke, Dodie and Gary Herndon of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wanda Handy of Chantilly, Va., and Katie Handy of Potomac Falls, Va. Mr. Handy is also survived by his two sisters, Mae Handy Hamm of Chilhowie and Elizabeth Wills of Dublin, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Handy of Dublin and Alta Handy of Bristol, Va.; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren also survive him.
Friends may call any time after 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Home Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Saturday evening. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, in Home Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Everett Shephard and Rev. Charles Blevins officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, "Gone but not forgotten." Arrangemetns are being handled by Home Funeral Service, Christiansburg, (382-2612).
James E. Henderson
James E. "Poppa" Henderson, 74, of 2332 Anderson St., Bristol, Tenn., died Thursday, April 2, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Washington County, Va., and son of the late Ryburn and Edna Goff Henderson. He was retired from Raytheon and Electrolux, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and attended Victory Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charlotte Osborne Henderson; daughters Sandra and husband, Philip Kaleel of Wilmington, N.C., Karen Leslie Henderson and special friend, Darlene Treadway of Wilmington, N.C.; four grandchildren that he loved dearly, Allan Bradley of Bristol, Tenn., Matthew Arrants of Atlanta, Leslie Arrants of Kure Beach, N.C., and Jeff Gullion, USN, of Norfolk; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Hank (Barbara) Medley. Also surviving are three aunts and several cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday in Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Austin Cook officiating. Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Mays, Oakley Buckles, Randy Medley, Roger Pollard, Ronnie Vaught and David Vaught. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Bradley, Matt Arrants and Jeff Gullion. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Weaver Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MARION - Essie Hester, 74, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Hester was born in Marion to the late Henry Harrison Stone and Birdie Coley Stone and was a member of Marion Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, C.P. Jack Hester; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and David Martin of Marion, Tammy and Danny Redmon of Adamville, Tenn., and Jackie Hester Mabe of Marion; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debi Hester of Marion; 10 grandchildren, Angela Davis, Christopher Conner, Jennifer Conner, Scarlett Martin, Justin Martin, Jason Hester, Tracy Hester, Travis Hester, Andrew Alexander and Tyler Alexander; three great-grandchildren, Ivy Davis, Libby Davis and Nikita Hutton; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday from Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel in Marion with Pastor Mark Ross officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Bradley's Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the Hester family.
Virginia F. Hibbitts
GRUNDY - Virginia Dare Fields Hibbitts, 82, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City. Born Dec. 26, 1919, in Dickenson County, she was the daughter of the late Ezra Toye Fields and Mary Magdelene Rose Fields. She was a loving mother and aunt. She was a homemaker and attended Little Prater Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Aaron Hibbitts; two sisters, Chloe Cochran and Marie Blanklenship; and one brother, Earl "Buck" Fields.
She is survived by two sons, Clifford Belcher of Pikeville, Ky., and Danny Hill of Oklahoma; one sister, Ella Mae Yates of Tampa; one brother, Ezra J. Fields of Waterford, Mich.; one special niece, Donna Underwood and husband, Mike, of Grundy; and two grandnephews, William Hibbitts and Nathan Hibbitts. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 5, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelist Michael Trent and Reverend Ancil Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Hibbitts Family Cemetery at Grundy.
Active pallbearers will be Charlie Cochran, Clayton Scott, Tim Shortridge, Jerry W. Hibbitts, Randall Hibbitts, Shannon Hibbitts, David Sage, Bill Sage, Scottie Hibbitts and Greg Hibbitts. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Cochran, Conrad Cochran, Joe Hibbitts, Dee Hibbitts, Lawrence Shortridge, Tiny Plymal, Kenney Dotson, Jeanette Tester and Virginia Whitt.
The body will be left at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home where friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday evening, with evening services to be held at 7 p.m.
The family of Virginia Dare Fields Hibbitts is being served by Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy.
Hattie Powers Keith
GLEN ALLEN, Va. - Hattie Powers Keith, 97, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 2, 2002.
She was, until the past few years, a resident of the Lick Fork community of Dickenson County and had lived in Glen Allen with her son, Gerald and daughter-in-law, Susan. She was a member of Lick Fork Freewill Baptist Church and Ladies Auxiliary. She was the daughter of the late Allen W. Powers and Julie Stanley Powers. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nell Hughes; and brother, (W.A.) "Bill" Powers.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gerald R. and Susan R. Keith of Glen Allen; three grandchildren, Richard A. Keith, Lindica D. McCarty and Michael J. Wilson; and two great-grandchildren, Justine L. McCarty and Shelbie L. Barker.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday from Clintwood Funeral Home with Rev. James Bullock officiating. The family will receive friends after 1 p.m. Saturday until time of service at 2 p.m. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Burial will follow in Powers Family Cemetery, Route 2, Coeburn.
Clintwood Funeral Home is entrusted with the care of Hattie P. Keith.