The funeral service for Robert Harmon will be conducted at 2 o'clock Monday at the Open Door Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Leonard and Rev. M.L. Salyers officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ed Wilson, Steve Leonard, Harold Leonard, Jerry Kyte, Fred Perry and Danny Christian. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the church. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 Sunday evening at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Harmon, 75, of 200 Hilltop Drive, Bristol, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, from Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Harmon have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Harold D. Kistner
Harold Dennis Kistner went to be with our Lord on Dec., 14, 2002. Born on June 19, 1924, he was a native of Bristol Virginia. He was the son of the late Robert W. Kistner and Leanna Dennis Kistner. He graduated from Virginia High School in 1943 and attended Nashville Technical School where he later graduated. He attended VPI, ETSU, Phillips University and the University of South Carolina, taking courses pertaining to his trade as a master builder and contractor. Mr. Kistner became a general building contractor in the Bristol area from 1951 to present. Mr. Kistner served in the Armed Forces with the Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
He was a member of the Central Christian Church, Bristol Tennessee. He served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and was an acting member of the Bristol Civitan Club where he was a past president and was a member of the Optimist Club. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a leader of the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years and attained the Pioneer Award.
Mr. Kistner is survived by: wife of 59 years, Arbie Reed Kistner; two sons, Harold Dennis Kistner and wife Betty and John Reed Kistner and wife Sharon; and daughter, Meri Kistner Willett and husband Paul. Mr. Kistner was a proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Kenneth Wayne Kistner and Carl Keith Kistner, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kistner was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Robert, Thomas and David; and two sisters, Yvonne and Louise.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at the Mountain View Mausoleum Chapel with Dr. Ross Dampier and Jeff Noah, minister, officiating. Entombment will be in the Mountain View Mausoleum. Those wishing may make contributions to the Central Christian Church, 424 Melrose St., Bristol, TN 37620 or the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, TN 37602. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Weaver Funeral Home.
Kathryn S. Lester
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Mrs. Kathryn Steele Lester, 89, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Center in Harrisonburg. Born in Tazewell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Edgar Steele and Bennie Thompson Steele. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred B. Lester Sr.
She was a former resident of Washington County before moving to Sunnyside Retirement Center in 1985. She was a member of the Maple Grove Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Lester is survived by her children, Fred B. Lester Jr. of Bristol Virginia, James Lester of Bristol Tennessee and Linda Sutherland of Abingdon; three sisters, Margaret Moneymaker of Williamsburg, Va., and Louise Watt and Virginia Farmer, both of Sunnyside Retirement Center in Harrisonburg; a brother, Edgar Steele of Richmond; three grandchildren, Kevin Lester, Shawn Lester and Scottie Lane and four great-grandchildren, Jared, Audra, Zachary and Shauna.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, in the Maple Grove Presbyterian Church with Rev. Stephen Talbert officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Casketbearers will be David Wilson, Wilburn Necessary, John Bowers Jr., Kevin Lester, Scottie Lane and Jared Lester. Honorary casketbearers will be Paul Countiss, James Wilson, Warren White, John K. Lester, Charlie McReynolds and Fred Sutherland Sr. In place of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be sent to the Sunnyside Retirement Center, 100 Sunnyside Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Those wishing to send messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Kathryn Steele Lester.
Velma Pauline Lowe
BAPTIST VALLEY, Va. - Mrs. Velma Pauline Lowe, 90, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, Dec. 14, 2002, at her residence with her loving family by her side.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is serving the Lowe Family.
BIG ROCK, Va. - Donna Jean Jackson McClanahan, 41 years of age, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at her home following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of Scott and Pearl Dotson Jackson, Lafayette, Tenn. She was a life-long resident of Buchanan County and was of the Baptist faith. She was a graduate of Grundy High School and Southwest Virginia Community College and a faithful wife and loving mother.
Mrs. McClanahan is survived by her husband, Billy Ray McClanahan, Big Rock; her parents, Scott and Pearl Dotson Jackson, Lafayette; one daughter, Billie Jean and husband, Jimmy Hurley, Big Rock; one son, Casey Ray McClanahan, Big Rock; one sister, Patty Sue and husband, Raymond Lester, Big Rock; four brothers, Larry Scott Jackson, Vansant, Va., David Jackson, Lafayette, Edwin Jackson, Big Rock and Steve Jackson, Abingdon; eight nephews; eight nieces; four great-nieces; and two great-nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers E.C. Honaker, Jimmy Kerr, Britt Jackson and Bobby Jackson officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Sunday evening at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Joey Lester, Wayne Looney, Derrik Jackson, Scotty Joe Jackson, Raymond Lester, Michael Ramey, Jimmy Hurley and Timmy Jackson.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
BLUFF CITY - The funeral service for Roxie Booher Mullins will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the graveside in Boohers Cemetery with Rev. Worley Crusenberry officiating. Pallbearers will be Wayne Mullins, Ron Adams, Stacy Adams, Keith Fauber, Billy Booher, I.W. McNamara and Randy Booher. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family via e-mail at email@example.com.
Mrs. Mullins, 60, died Wednesday.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Mullins have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Nannie M. Phillips
ABINGDON - Nannie M. Phillips, 80, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol Tennessee.
She was born in Dickenson County, Va., daughter of the late Vince and Goldie Willis Mullins. She was a member of the Gravel Lick Old Regular Baptist Church, Castlewood for 48 years.
She is survived by her husband, Lee L. Phillips; two sons, Ronald L. Phillips and wife Sallie of Glade Spring and Donald G. Phillips and wife Connie of Abingdon; two sisters, Ruth Stiltner of Bristol Virginia, and Sally Ratliff of Grundy; five grandchildren, Joy Dixon and husband, Randy, Don Phillips and wife, Michelle, Whitney Brooke Phillips, Andrea Donielle Phillips and Stasha Leigh Street; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Dixon and Cassidy Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted in Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at 2 p.m. with Elder Ronnie Hensley, Elder Dave O'quinn and Elder Dallas Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow in Temple Hill Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers will be Don Phillips, Randy Dixon, Larry Mullins, Bill Sykes, Bobby Large, Bill Mullins, Mike Mullins and Frank Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin Phillips, Fred Phillips, Gary Phillips, Frenchman Owens, Burt Seavers and Dr. Andrew Reinhart.
The family will receive friends at Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, from 6 to 9 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the Phillips family via e-mail to the funeral home. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Maude L. Poston
SALTVILLE - Maude L. Poston, 81, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Ellen Boardwine. She attended the Plasterco Church of God.
Survivors: husband, Clifford G. Poston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Wayne and Norma Poston, Radford, Va., and Rev. Kenneth and Debbie Poston, Indian Valley, Va.; two sisters, Nadine Keesee, Meadowview, and Lorretta Gilliam, Seven Mile Ford, Va.; sister-in-law, Nadine Chapman, Saltville; four grandchildren, Jennifer Duncan, Angela Poston, Kevin Poston and Kendra Poston; and special young friend, Keyla Davis.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Sherman R. Fields and Rev. J.L. DeBord officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Rose Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Meador, Raymond White, Frank Madrie, Charles Debord, Charles Boardwine, Kevin Poston, Doug Duncan and John Boardwine. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Boardwine and Ronald Doane. D.R. Henderson Funeral Home of Saltville is serving the family.
Paul C. Rains
WISE - Master Sgt. Paul C. Rains (Retired), 80, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and Sturgill Funeral Home, Wise, is in charge.
MARION, N.C. - Raymond Ricketts, 88, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Autumn Care of Marion. Services will be held at a later date in Watertown, Tenn., at Hunter Funeral Home. Local services are being handled by Westmoreland Funeral Home and will be announced at a later date.
DANTE - Therman Sproles, 87, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Russell County Medical Center, Lebanon.
He was born in Dante, a son of the late Claude and Cynthia Brewer Sproles. He was a retired miner and member of the U.M.W.A. and charter member and deacon of Mills Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He was past president of Breaks Interstate Park Gospel Singing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sproles.
He is survived by three daughters, Christina Faye Sproles Ervin and husband Fred, Mary Ruth Sproles and Shirley Ann Sproles, all of Dante; one grandson, Larry Shane Ervin of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; one brother, Guy Sproles of Lebanon; three great-grandchildren, Hunter N. Ervin, Tayler Ervin and Madison Ervin; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, with Rev. Mike Patrick and Rev. Darrell Milgrim officiating. Interment will follow in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers will be Shane Ervin, David Patrick, Junior Austin, Craig McMillian, Wade Holbrook and Oscar McMillian. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Fred Slaughter, Dr. Margaret Gregorczyk, Dr. Brian Easton, Dr. Hugh Melton and Paul Cline.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood. Condolences may be sent to the Sproles family via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Stanley
GLADE SPRING - Mr. Robert L. Stanley, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his home.
Arrangements incomplete. The D.R. Henderson Funeral Home is in charge.
Bobby S. Sword
RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. - Bobby S. Sword, 62, of the Loop section went to be with Tyler Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in the Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon.
Born March 18, 1940, in Russell County, a son of the late Burley West Sword and Virgie Mae Fields Sword, he was a disabled farmer. He was a member of the Mountain View Community Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, N. Tyler Sword, on Feb. 14, 2002; a brother, Dale Kenneth Sword; and a nephew, Joseph Sword.
Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Linda Dotson Sword; a son, Bobby Kevin Sword, Charlottesville; two brothers, his twin, Joe Paul Sword, and Carlson W. Sword, both of Lebanon; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen and Martha Combs, Cleveland, Gary Combs and Shelly Belcher and Robert and Brenda Meade, all of Lebanon; also several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, in the Mountain View Community Church with the Revs. Darrell Harmon and Brian Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Pallbearers will be Greg Hess, Berton Combs, Allen Combs, Gary Combs, Robert Meade and Steven Dotson. Honorary pallbearers will be Burley Mullins, C.B. Williams, Robert Sword, Kyle Sword, Robert Fields, Bill Wampler, Jim Kiser, Garnett Duncan and the men of the Mountain View Community Church. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at the church.
Combs Funeral Service in Lebanon is serving the Sword family.
Thomas Earl Thomas
GLADE SPRING - Mr. Thomas Earl Thomas, 68, died Friday. Mr. Thomas was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Glade Spring and was retired from Westinghouse. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samual Thomas and Lucy Thomas; and his brother, Freddie Thomas. Survivors include his wife, Claudine Sweat Thomas, and one son, Randall Earl Thomas, both of Glade Spring; one daughter, Rebecca Gayle and husband, Billy Pavlick of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one grandson, Randall Scott Thomas of Glade Spring; three brothers, Stewart Thomas of Marion, Jerry Thomas of Abingdon, and Larry Thomas of Glade Spring; sisters, Earnestine (Tennie) Thomas and Frances Thompson, both of Glade Spring, Anna Mae (Frog) Cardwell of Saltville and Wanda Harris of Saltville; a sister-in-law, Ollie Thomas of Glade Spring; and a special aunt, Lottie Holley of Glade Spring. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Rev. Geary Jonas, Rev. Robert Lanter and Rev. Jerry Anders will officiate. Interment will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery in Glade Spring. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Nathan Thomas, Steve Thomas, Ronald Thomas, Jeff Sweat, Frankie Gregory and Jesse Fore. The Mens Bible Class of the Church of God of Prophecy will form an honorary escort. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-9 p.m. at Farris Funeral Service. Those wishing to express their condolences online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the Thomas family.
Mildred H. Weaver
ABINGDON - Ms. Mildred Hawthorne Weaver, 54, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2002, in Fort Pierce, Fla.
She was the daughter of the late Roy and Ola Hawthorne of Abingdon.
She lived in Abingdon for 18 years, then moved to Chester, Va., where she worked for Allied Signal, then moved to Florida.
Survivors include: one brother, Roy E. Hawthorne, Mount Dora, Fla.; six sisters, Ms. Florence Connally of Alberta Canada, Mrs. Ellen Reed of Roanoke, Mrs. Betty Henegar and Ms. Lois Cuneo of Chester, Ms. Lorene Shaw and Mrs. Lucille Preston of Abingdon; four nephews; seven nieces; 17 great--nephews and great-nieces; and fiance, Magni Ingolsson of Fort Pierce.
Funeral services will be held at Knollkreg Memorial Park Dec. 21, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jimmy Davidson presiding.
Grover Max Aven
GREENVILLE, Ala. - Grover Max Avem, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002. Services for Mr. Aven will be held Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at 11 a.m. from First Presbyterian Church of Greenville with the Reverend John Nordan officiating. Interment will follow in Sunrise Memorial Park with Harrison Funeral Home directing. Mr. Aven was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Abingdon. He had been a resident of Greenville since 1946 and had been an active member of national, state and local cattlemen organizations. He was a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association. Survivors include a daughter, Faye Faullin of Matthews, Ala., son Ted Aven of Westhoff, Texas; sister, Lila A. Smith of Abingdon; granddaughters Beth Carnley of Ft. Deposit, Ala., and Linda Gail Stewart of Matthews; three great-grandchildren, Vanessa Tiw, Valerie Campbell and Carrie Hudson; and five great-great-grandchildren, Angelica Carnley, Elizabeth Campbell, Manuel Tiw, Jessica Hudson and Caleb Hudson.
Anna M. Salow Botts
Anna M. Salow Botts passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at Wellmont Hospice House.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Magelline Roberts Salow; one brother, Don Nelson; and two sisters, Ruth Salow Peters and Ida Salow Gardner.
Survivors include one sister, Margaret Salow; one niece, Helen Peters Blair; one nephew, Kenneth Peters; one great-niece, Melinda Blair Dougherty; and one great-nephew, Matt Blair.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, in Akard Funeral Home Chapel with John Thasher, Minister, and Kevin Lewis, Minister. Entombment will be in MountainView Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Robert "Hoss" Harringyon, Stevie Felty, Doug Blair and Kenneth Daugherty. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Akard Funeral Home.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Botts.
Mavis G. Brown
ABINGDON - Mavis Gumm Brown, 83, a resident of the Green Spring Community near Abingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at her residence.
She was a native of Washington County, Va., who attended Virginia Intermont College and Emory & Henry College. She was a graduate of George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of arts degree.
She was a member of the Blacks Fort Chapter of the DAR and the Washington County Historical Society.
She was a retired teacher with the Washington County Schools.
She was a very active member of the Green Spring Presbyterian Church.
She was a daughter of the late W.C. Gumm and the late Winifred Talbert Gumm Stickley.
Survivors include: her husband, Aubrey E. Brown Sr. of Abingdon; two daughters, Dr. Mavis Hendricks Brown and Jennie Lou Brown, both of Richmond; a son, Aubrey E. Brown Jr. and wife Rose Zena Brown of Wilkesboro, N.C.; two half-brothers, Dr. George H. Gumm of Wise and James M. Gumm of Nashville; one grandson, Jackson Lee Brown of Wilkesboro; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Green Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Chapin officiating.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of memorial contributions to the Green Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 22007 Green Spring Church Road, Abingdon, VA 24211.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.campbellfuneralhome.com
Campbell Funeral Home of Abingdon is in charge of arrangements.
Ellis Daniel Casey
SWORDS CREEK, Va. - Mr. Ellis Daniel Casey, 61, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, in a Richlands hospital following a lengthy illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.