George B. Cross
AFTON, Va. - George Benjamin (Ben) Cross, 61, of 9626 Old Turnpike Road, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 8, 1941, in Bristol Tennessee, a son of Harry Kyle Cross and Gertrude Steppe Cross.
He was owner of Ben Cross Fencing and formerly the owner of Pro Fence, Inc.
He attended Bristol Tennessee High School, East Tennessee State, Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Tennessee.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years in Weildeflicken, Germany.
He supported the NRA, VFW, Republican Party and the Hog Chapter.
He was known by many for his great interest in cars and racing. He enjoyed racing and participated with the late model cars, sprint cars and he drove a champ cart for two years. Recently Mr. Cross became the announcer for the late model cars at Natural Bridge Speedway. Mr. Cross was keenly interested in Civil War history and had visited most battlefields of this war. He was well versed in the history and events of this period and enjoyed sharing his knowledge.
His humor and blue eyes will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Benjamin Spencer Cross; and a daughter, Nell P. Cross, both of Waynesboro, Va.; and an aunt, Evelyn Phelps of Bristol Tennessee.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shelby Hill Cemetery, Bristol Tennessee.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at McDow Funeral Home and from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol Tennessee.
McDow Funeral Home is handling arrangements in Waynesboro and Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Thelma L. Edwards
GRUNDY-- Thelma L. Edwards, 84, of Route 5, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born in Scott County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Laura Marshall Meade. She had been a resident of Buchanan County several years, was a member of the Church of God and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Allen Edwards, December 1971.
Survived by three daughters: Opal Fern Rivers, Hudson, N.C., Genola Farmer, Springfield, Ohio, and Charlotte Ann Fuller, Maxie, Va.; seven sons: Carl Patton Edwards, Maxie, Billy Ray Edwards, Arizona, Charlie Mack Edwards, Norton, Roger Allen Edwards, Lenoir; Jimmy Wayne Edwards, Winston-Salem; Harold Clifton Edwards, Springfield, Ohio, and Robert Jerry Edwards, Grundy; three sisters: Ruth Dingus, Kingsport; Katherine Kennedy, Castlewood, and June Scarberry, Castlewood. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one great-great-grandchild; five grandchildren; three sisters; and four brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers David DeHart, Carl Patton Edwards and Ronnie Sliger officiating with burial to follow in the Scarberry Cemetery at Buffalo near Castlewood.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
HAYSI - Perry Fuller, 69, of Route 2, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Born in Dickenson County, he was a son of the late Ebb and Eura Blankenship Fuller. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Fuller was a retired miner, a member of UMWA and a lifetime member of the VFW. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by six brothers: Herby, Clyde, Donald, Foster and Dewey (Buck) Fuller.
Survivors include a son, Perry (PJ) Fuller Jr. of Coeburn, two daughters: Sherry Vandyke of Harmon and Sheila Jill Fuller of Kentucky; grandchildren: Lyndsey Brianna Fuller, Perry Jaxon Fuller and Amy Vandyke; three additional grandchildren; two brothers: Jerry Fuller of Haysi and Thomas Monroe Fuller of Tazewell; and four sisters: Sarah Deel and Betty Deel, both of Haysi, Susie Fuller of Hollister, Fla., and Roxie Hobbs of Logansport, Ind.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Elders Roger Coleman, Freddie Ramey, and Danny Yates officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery, Rt. 2, Haysi. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, where an evening service will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mildred P. Gillenwater
KINGSPORT - Mildred Pierce Gillenwater, 88, 3804 Alderwood Drive, and formerly of 181 Elm Lane, Maplehurst, Bluff City, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, following a brief illness. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol until recently moving to Kingsport. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Pierce; her brother, Oakley C. Pierce; and a baby daughter, Fannie Jo Gillenwater.
She attended Virginia Intermont College and East Tennessee State University and taught at Haynesfield School for 30 years. She was made a life member of the Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers by the Haynesfield PTA, and was a member of the Bristol Tennessee Retired Teachers Association and Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 65 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Oliver and her husband Thomas of Jackson, Tenn.; a son, Harold Gillenwater and his wife Janet of Kingsport; six grandchildren: Thomas Oliver Jr., Jennifer Marshall, Liza Gary, Suzanne Boyd, Michael Gillenwater and Mitchell Gillenwater; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Oakley-Cook Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tony Collins of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in East Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George Jones, R.E. Milhorn, Trenton Leonard, Don Gilbert, Jeff Davidson and John Hodges. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Arnold, Lloyd Butler, Preston Hawthorne, Terry Wilson and members of the A.D. Reynolds Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Friday evening at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, 327 East Mary St., Bristol, VA 24201. Memories and Arrangements especially for Mrs. Gillenwater have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
William A. Grizzle
LEBANON-- William A. (Bill) Grizzle, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. l8, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 2, 1928, in Cleveland, a son of the late Stacy Jackson Grizzle and Maude Lee Jessee Grizzle, he had lived most of his life in Russell County. He was a retired tractor-trailer driver and he was last employed by Bostic Ford Sales. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Ferguson; and one brother, Stacy Jackson Grizzle, Jr.
Surviving are: Virginia Mae Grizzle, Hansonville; two sons: Tim Grizzle and his wife Sherry Grizzle, Abingdon; Harry Jackson Grizzle of North Carolina; one daughter: Billie Jo Gribble, Newport News; a special grandson: Aaron Ross Grizzle, Bristol, Va., and two additional grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Paul Price officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charlie Musick, Billy Musick, Kenneth Musick, Willis Musick, Teddy Harrison, and Tom Sutherland. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Fuller, John Stamper, Kenneth Bolling, Bailey Tate Jackson, and the management and staff of Bostic Ford Sales. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at the funeral home.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Grizzle.
MARION - Nellie Gray (Copenhaver) Hart, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, in Webster, Texas.
She was born in Marion and was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil M. Hart; her mother, Virginia Copenhaver; one daughter, Eva Gray Hart; and two sons, Harold B. Hart and Everett M. Hart.
Survivors include three daughters; Shirley F. Chatham, Edgewood, Md., Juanita E. Collier, Alvin, Texas, and Agnes I. Maynard, Annapolis, Md.; five sons: Franklin Hart, Danville, Va., Charlie W. Hart, Danville, Wesley A. Hart, Florida, Edmond E. Hart, Alvin, and Roger L. Hart, Versailles, Mo.; two sisters: Carolyn Horne, Sugar Grove, and Lila Jane Roark, Marion; 30 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, from the Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel in Marion with Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Bradley's Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the Hart family.
Ruby Ellen Harris
KINGSPORT-- Ruby Ellen Harris, age 81, went be with her Lord, Wednesday, Sept. 18,2002, at her home after a brief illness.
Ruby was born in Russell County, a daughter of the late James H. and Emma Katherine Barton Harris. She had been a resident of Kingsport for the past 60 years and was of the Baptist faith. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and was well loved by all who knew her. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Troy Harris, and a great-grandson, Hunter Harris.
Surviving are her husband, Lonnie M. Harris of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law: Linda Bernell and Roy Crussell, Harmony: Pat and Terry McClain, Chesapeake, Va.; and Elizabeth and Chad Collins, Kingsport; sons and daughters-in-law: Ken Harris, Kingsport; Doug and Schevollia Harris, Kingsport; Mark and Sandy Harris, Gray; and David and Lisa Harris, Kingsport; thirteen grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; six sisters: Bertha Neece, Granville, Ohio; Shirley O'Quinn, Honaker; Lucy Morrow, Columbus, Ohio; Mary Terrell, Pataskala, Ohio; Viola Owens, Pataskala; and Maxie Downing, Kingsport; four brothers: Taze Harris, Columbus, Ohio; Dexter Harris, Honaker; Robert Harris, Frazeysburg, Ohio; and Gus Harris, Cedar Bluff; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, from 6-8 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Funeral. Funeral services will be conducted in the Chapel at 8:00 p.m. with brother James Tiller and Brother Clyde Lambert officiating, eulogy by Terry McClain. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. in East Lawn Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Harris Family.
Ann Strickland Harrison
Ann Strickland Harrison, 93, of 1 Liberty Place, Bristol, Va., died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2002, at First Presbyterian Church. Complete arrangements will be announced in the Saturday morning edition of the Bristol Herald Courier. Memorial contributions may be sent to Healing Hands Health Center, 210 Memorial Drive, Bristol, TN 37620. Condolences and memories may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Harrison are being made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Rodger D. Hash
TAYLORS VALLEY-- Rodger D. Hash, age 37, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of Taylors Valley and graduated from Holston High School in 1983. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army infantry, having served during the Just Cause Conflict in Panama. He was a member of the Taylors Valley Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Gina Hash; four children: Justin, Sierra, Abram, and Jaclyn; his parents: Leonard and Opal Hash, Taylors Valley; three brothers: David and his wife, Carrie, of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn.; Mark and his wife, Eva; and Calvin Hash, all of Taylors Valley; three aunts: Ola Corum, Betty Bullock, and Shirley Brown; one uncle: C. L. Hash; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends, Tim and Debbie Yates.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in the Taylors Valley Church of Christ with Mr. Maurice Widener officiating. Military graveside rites, conducted by the VFW Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975, will follow the funeral service at Jackson-Lewis Cemetery in Taylors Valley. Pallbearers will be Warren Roop, Ethin Roop, Paul Cummings, Tim Yates, Jeff Greer, and David Beam. Honorary pallbearers will be Abram Joseph Hash, Thomas Hash, Richard Hash, and Nicholas Hash. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funeral Home. Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus, Va., is serving the family of Mr. Hash.
Vivian V. Herndon
ABINGDON --The funeral service for Vivian Virginia (Glovier) Herndon will be conducted Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the graveside in the Temple Hill Memorial Park with Reverend Bill Rowland officiating.
There will be no visitation in the funeral home.
Family and friends may assemble at the funeral home on Friday with the procession to Temple Hill Memorial Park leaving at 1 p.m.
Mrs. Herndon passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, after a long illness.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, James Scott Herndon, Jason Todd Herndon, Jeffry Stowe Herndon, Kenneth Scott Warner, David Lance Warner, Stephen Warner and Don Andrew Price, and nephew, Fred Alden Herndon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Lung Association of Virginia, 370 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210 or to Abingdon United Methodist Church, 101 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is serving the Herndon family.
Vada W. Livingston
Funeral services for Vada Dolly Willis Livingston will be conducted on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Montgomery, Rev. Donald Page and Rev. John Sarver officiating. Committal servcies will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mountain View Mausoleum. Pallbearers include Bill Harrington, Doug Bowery, Joe Leonard, Roncie Emmert and Eric Terlizzi. Honorary pallbearers include Calvin "Butch" Parks, Walker Parks, Walter "Sonny" Barnett, Ed Eads, Dr. Fred Greear and the 3rd and 4th floor nursing staffs at Bristol Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Bristol Baptist Church, 46 Church St., Bristol, Va.
Mrs. Livingston, 87, of 316 Magnolia Drive, Bristol, Va., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ELK GARDEN-- John Poston Sr., 79, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002. Arrangements are incomplete at Owens and Farmer Funeral Service, Lebanon.
Makenzie Starr Ratliff
GRUNDY - Makenzie Starr Ratliff, two years of age, of Oakwood, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Buchanan General Hospital. Born at Knoxville, she was a daughter of Terra Leigh Conner, Oakwood, and Robert Shawn Stump, Harman.
Little Miss Ratliff is survived by her parents, Robert Shawn Stump, Harman, and Terra Leigh Conner, Oakwood; two sisters, Sheena Marie Ratliff, North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Brandy Shalynn Ratliff, North Wilkesboro; stepfather, James Randolph Stiltner, Oakwood; maternal grandparents, Scotty and Dixie Joan Jackson, Vansant; paternal grandparents: Robert and Ollie Stump, Harman; and great-grandparents: Curtis and Rose Nell Colley, Vansant.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Tabernacle with Minister Terry Colley officiating with burial to follow in the Colley Family Cemetery near Russell Prater Elementary School, Route 1, Vansant.
Friends may call at the Fountain of Life Tabernacle, Vansant, Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be: Louie Whitt, Eugene McClanahan, Anthony Thomas and Scotty Jackson.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
Della Meade Stanley
ABINGDON - Mrs. Della Meade Stanley, age 89, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was born in Pound and had resided in Castlewood where she retired from the Russell County School System. She later moved to Abingdon. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Laura Cantrell Meade and was preceded in death by her husband, F. L. (Lee) Stanley; four brothers: Oliver Meade, Troy Meade, Bill Meade and Letcher Meade; and three sisters: Hattie Cantrell, Ruby Chester, and Eunice Meade.
She is survived by one son: Freddie Lee Stanley and wife, Joan Bolinsky Stanley, Abingdon; two granddaughters: Heather Stanley Nelson and husband, Michael D. Nelson of Abingdon; and Laura Michelle Stanley of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother: Vester Meade, Hansonville; one sister: Nell Cantrell, Wise; several nephews, nieces and step-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bill S. Goforth. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Pallbearers will be Mike Nelson, Henry Phillips and nephews.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Stanley.
Leona Owens Thomas
VANSANT-- Leona Owens Thomas, age 71, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy. Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Barney and Viola Raines Deel. Ms. Thomas was a homemaker and a member of the Grundy Congregation of Jehovah's Witness. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bruce Carter Owens and her second husband, Worley Thomas; four brothers: Johnny, Arvil, Earl, and Orbie Deel; and one sister, Edith McFadden.
Survivors include a daughter: Sandra (Barry) Coleman, Vansant; three sons: Devey G. (Helen) Owens, Vansant; Gregory B. (Monecia) Owens, Abingdon; and Scotty D. (Bernice) Owens, Richmond; three brothers: Harold Deel and Allen Deel, both of Haysi; and Lafayette Deel, Grundy; one sister: Dorothy Yates, Grundy; nine grandchildren: Christopher Scott Owens, Michael Shannon Owens, Dustin Owens, Wesley Owens, Whitney Owens, Bruce Owens, Jonathan Owens, Jason Coleman and Shayna Coleman; two great-grandchildren: Madison Mckenzie Owens and Abbie Grace Owens; and two step-grandchildren: Roxanna Blevins and Amber Church.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Edison Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Owens Cemetery, Route l. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. A visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Haysi Funeral Home from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald C. Vance
KEEN MOUNTAIN, Va. - Mr. Ronald C. "Pete" Vance, age 47, passed away Thursday afternoon in a Richlands hospital following a lengthy illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.
Benny C. Boone
BLUFF CITY - Benny C. Boone, 67, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born in Bluff City, son of the late William Jennings Boone and Etta Richardson Boone. He was of the Baptist faith and, prior to his retirement, was the owner and operator of Business Equipment Co. of Bristol. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Boone; four brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Boone; two sons, Randy Boone and his wife, Eleonara, of Kure Beach, N.C., and Pat Boone and his wife, Dr. Elaine Boone, of Limestone, Tenn.; one stepson, Dr. Rick Guthrie and his wife, Cindy, of Bluff City; three stepdaughters, Elisa Gastineau and her husband, Michael, of Knoxville, Barbara Duncan and her husband, Jim, of Bristol Virginia, and Brenda Inman and her husband, Gary, of Bristol Virginia; four sisters, Katie Woods and her husband, Claude, of Bluff City, Irene Simpson and her husband, Larry, of Anderson, Ind., Carolyn Peckinpaugh and her husband, Mike, of Anderson and Mae Allen of Barnardsville, N.C.; and several grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 Friday evening in the chapel of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home with Dr. Gordon Turnbull officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:15 p.m. prior to the service. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in Sunrise Cemetery in Bluff City. .
Arrangements especially for Mr. Boone have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Colby L. Carrier
Graveside services for Colby Lee Carrier will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Eastern Heights Cemetery with Rev. Rick Light officiating.
The infant son of Tracy and Melissa Carrier of 361 Cold Srping Church Road, Bristol, Tenn., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, in Johnson City Neonatal Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.