MEADOWVIEW - Missy Thomas, 34, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., and was a daughter of R.C. Eller of Damascus and of the late Nancy Cullop Eller. Missy had lived most of her life in Washington County, Va., and had attended the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Abingdon. In addition to her father, she is also survived by her husband, Mike Thomas; one daughter, Beth Eller of Abingdon; one brother, Danny Eller of Bristol Virginia; three sisters, Betty Cullins of Aurora, Colo., Linda Arnold of Damascus and Cyndi Eller of Bristol Tennessee; her stepmother, Sue Eller of Damascus; two step sisters, Robin Whitten and Debbie Head, both of Bristol Tennessee; two stepbrothers, Richard Sacks of Abingdon and Charlie Swift of Bristol Tennessee; a special nephew, Zackary Arnold of Damascus; an aunt, Ruth Greer of Damascus; an uncle, Rev. R.J. Cullop of Damascus; a special friend, Kitty Hamilton of Abingdon; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, in the Garrett Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Ritchie officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 p.m. Monday prior to the memorial service at Garrett Funeral Home or at any time at the residence of Linda Arnold. Special memories and condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is serving the family of Missy Thomas.
Evelyn Murphy Vance
The funeral service for Evelyn Murphy Vance will be conducted at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22, 2002, in the chapel of Blevins Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Price officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rob Whitaker, Kevin Mumpower, John Collins, Glen Collins, Lester Collins, Junior Collins, Jerome Collins, Stacy Murray and Spencer McKenzie.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 2:45 Sunday afternoon before the service at Blevins Funeral Home. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to The Bristol Cancer Association, 126 Johnson St., Bristol, VA 24201, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 or Fellowship Chapel, 201 Crockett St., Bristol, VA 24201. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Mrs. Vance, 79, of Bristol Virginia, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Vance have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Cecil S. Vermillion
ABINGDON - Mr. Cecil Stanley Vermillion, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital.
Cecil was born in Russell County and lived most of his lfie in Richlands and Abingdon. He had the Pontiac-GMC-Rambler dealership in Richlands for 26 years.
He was a member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by a son, Guy H. Vermillion.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Georgie Talbert Vermillion; daughters, Joanne Vermillion Francisco and husband, Larry, Johnson City and Beverly Weddle and husband, Johnny, Abingdon; grandchildren, Guy H. "Sonny" Vermillion, Cathy Montgomery and husband, Tommy, Kelly Walker and husband, Jimmy, Karen Lewis and husband, Jackie, Kim Lambert and husband, Todd; and great-grandchildren, Lauren Montgomery, Evan Vermillion, Erin Vermillion, Emily Lambert, Chase Lambert, Kari Walker and Gage Lewis.
The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Elgin Beren and Rev. Robert Buckles officiating.
Interment will follow in Shelby Hills Cemetery, Bristol Tennessee, with military honors to be conducted by the Honor Guard of Patton-Crosswhite V.F.W. Post 6975.
The family will receive friends Monday from 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is serving the Vermillion family.
Bernice M. Washington
Bernice M. Washington of Bristol Virginia, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Mortuary of Bristol.
Nellie Grace White
The funeral service for Nellie Grace White will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Akard Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James E. Sproles and Dr. William E. Houck officiating. The committal service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the graveside in Tri-Cities Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Mrs. White, 90, of Bristol Tennessee, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Wellmont Hospice House.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. White.
Hazel K. Ball
DANTE - Committal services for Hazel K. Ball will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. The family will meet at the funeral home and go in procession to the cemetery, leaving at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Condolences may be sent to the Ball family via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Ball went to be with her Lord, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol Tennessee.
James C. Bartley
HAYSI - Funeral service for James Carroll "Smokey" Bartley will be conducted 10 a.m. Dec. 25, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Sluss officiating. Burial will follow in the Bartley-Wallace Cemetery, Haysi. Deacons of the Splashdam Freewill Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Haysi Funeral Home where an evening service will be held at 6 p.m. with Rev. Jack Mullins.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Splashdam Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund.
Mr. Bartley, 76, of Route 1, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Leona L. Blaylock
Leona Virginia Lunsford Blaylock, 80, of 704 Goodson St., Bristol, Va., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at the home of her daughter. She was a life long resident of Bristol Virginia, a daughter of the late James H. and Hattie Rhea Lunsford, and was the widow of William Edward Blaylock, her husband for 50 years. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Spoone and Thelma Malcolm; and a granddaughter, Tamara Brooks.
Survivors include her daughter, Arlene Brooks and her husband, Randall of Bristol Virginia; two sons, Philip Blaylock of Bristol Virginia, and Gregory Blaylock of Atlanta; two sisters, Novella Quillen of Kingsport and Beulah Hartsock of Bristol Virginia; one brother, Robert Lunsford of Essex, Md.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Chapel of Blevins Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Statzer officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon until 1:45 p.m. Thursday and at other times at the home of Arlene and Randall Brooks. The committal service and burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Phil Brooks, Bill Brooks, Mark Brooks, Wayne Brooks, Roger Brooks, Earl Inman, Howard Widener, Roger Jackson and Mike Eades. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Blaylock have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
Charles G. Campbell
Mr. Charles G. Campbell, 77, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at the Wellmont Hospice House. He was a native of Abingdon and had lived in Bristol Virginia for 23 years. He was a member of the High Point Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Odum Campbell; one daughter, Kay Pippin of Bristol Virginia; one son, Allen Campbell of Kingsport; two sisters, Margaret McIntyre and Nancy Morefield, both of Abingdon; one brother, J.W. Campbell of Abingdon; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Bob Neace Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be James W. Clark, Rowland Roe, Edward Campbell, Wayne Campbell, J.R. Gilmer and Calvin "Cowboy" Odum. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Clifton, Johnnie Payne, Ted Callahan, Gary Kennedy and Michael Pippin. The family requests that friends omit flowers and those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Wellmont Hospice House, 280 Steele's Road, Bristol, TN 37620.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Campbell.
Edna S. Cumbus
ABINGDON - A graveside funeral service for Mrs. Edna Frances Shortt Cumbus will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greendale Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Roger Hearl will officiate.
Those wishing to express their condolences online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Mrs. Cumbus, 60, died Saturday.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the Cumbus family.
William L. Dorton
CASTLEWOOD - William L. (Billy) Dorton, 78, of Route 2, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at his home.
Born July 15, 1928, in Russell County, he was a son of the late Henry G. Dorton and Vesta Lee Jessee Dorton. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Lakeview Union Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell S. Dorton and Kenneth L. Dorton.
Survivors include two brothers, H. Harold Dorton, Martinsville, Va., and R. Edward Dorton, Kingsport; three nieces, Jo Susan Miller, Nancy Carole Graham and Teresa Lynn Carter; three nephews, Henry H. Dorton Jr., Robert E. Dorton Jr. and James H. Dorton; also several great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon with the Rev. Ernest Jessee officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post 9864 will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood. Those attending are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go to the cemetery in procession. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the Dorton family.
KINGSPORT - Marjorie C. Freeman, 78, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Indian Path Medical Center.
She was a lifelong resident of the Kingsport area and was retired from the Sullivan County School System. Mrs. Freeman was an active member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Fieldon Freeman preceded her in death.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Madolyn and Jim Norton, Bristol Virginia; three grandchildren, Whitney Norton, Arlington, Va.,. Josh Norton and Justin Norton, both of Bristol Virginia; two brothers, Steve Carroll and wife, Jenelle, Blountville, Bayard Carroll, Kingsport; a sister-in-law, Lula Freeman, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rock Springs Untied Methodist Church.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Dr. Scott Robertson-Gouge officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bert Carter, Jim Hite, Jeff Carr, Wes Hardin, Craig Carroll and Mike Freeman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Springs United Methodist Church, 227 Church View Drive, Kingsport, TN 36664 or Sullivan County EMS, 3193 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving the Freeman family.
Michael Allen Grant
BLUFF CITY - Michael Allen Grant, 34, passed away on Oct. 15, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Grant; and a brother, Paul Grant of New Jersey.
Survivors include mother and stepfather, Juanita Ann and Hobart Grant of Bluff City; sisters, Phyllis Lingerfelt of Bluff City and Delores Bushong of Bristol Tennessee; brother, Randy Grant of Chuckey, Tenn.; stepbrother, Ernie Pilkin of Bristol Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Crumley Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers include Justin Grant, Dave Poe, Wade Necessary, Lee Grant and Johnny Necessary. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Vincent Grindstaff
James Vincent "Benny" Grindstaff, 77, of Bristol Tennessee, passed away at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Worth, W.Va., on July 12, 1925, a son of the late Charles McKinley and Hattie Maybelle Hall Grindstaff, he has resided in this area since 1970.
Mr. Grindstaff was a retired U.S. Navy veteran having served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired following 30 years of service.
Mr. Grindstaff was former co-owner of Ideal Pest Control and had been employed at North Electric, Terminex and Orkin.
He was a member of the VFW and an avid bowler and sportsman. Mr. Grindstaff played semi-professional baseball with the Bluefield Orioles.
He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church.
Mr. Grindstaff was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Jean Grindstaff.
Survivors include four sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard and Joann Grindstaff of Chesapeake, Va., William David Grindstaff of Virginia Beach, Va., Mark and Patricia Grindstaff of Bristol Tennessee, and Frank Grindstaff and Jeff Cox of Kingsport; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bob Crowder of Manassas Park, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Ellen Grindstaff of Bristol Tennessee; sister, Louise Grindstaff of Simi Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren, Alexis and Donnie James, Dimitris "Mimi" Grindstaff, Eric Crowder, Jennifer Grindstaff and Stephanie Grindstaff; nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bonnie and Greg and Billy Shook.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Wellmont Hospice House and Darlene Gibson.
A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at St. Anne's Catholic Church. The Rev. Timothy Keeney will officiate.
Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum Chapel at Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Grindstaff, David Grindstaff, Frank Grindstaff, Mark Grindstaff, Bobby Crowder and Eric Crowder.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Shook, Bob Jones, Dr. Richard W. Foster, Jeff Cox and John Witt.
Military honors will be accorded by the VFW Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Wellmont Hospice House, 280 Steele's Road, Bristol, TN 37620, The American Cancer Society, Wesley Plaza, Suite 4, Johnson City, TN 37601 or St. Anne's Catholic Church, 350 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA 24201.
The family will receive friends at the church from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, and at other hours at the residence of a son, Mark Grindstaff, 145 Maxwell Drive, Bristol, TN 37620.
Arrangements are by Weaver Funeral Home.
DAVENPORT, Va. - Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Jo Harman will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, with Rev. Carl Burmier and Rev. Ken Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Nuckles Cemetery on Fletchers Ridge.
Pallbearers will be James Nuckles, Bradley Nuckles, Michael Harman, Fabian Owens, Artie Nuckles, Randall Turner, Tim Ratliff, Danny Jackson and Jamie Griffitts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Griffitts, John Harman, Don Ratliff, J.R. Wimmer and Dr. Michael Clary.
Mrs. Harman, 45, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in a Richlands hospital.
FALL BRANCH, Tenn. - Harley Hite, 85, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, from the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol Tennessee.
Arrangements are incomplete.
The Fall Branch Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson is serving the family of Mr. Hite.