Mary Jane Owens
VANSANT, Va. - Mary Jane Owens, 71, of Route 2, Haysi, passed away at her home Sunday, April 14, 2002. She was a daughter of the late Noah S. and Hettie L. Deel Owens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Berline and Jennings Owens; and two sisters, Lydia and Fannie Owens. Miss Owens made her home with a brother, Clyde, and she was of the Old Regular Baptist faith.
Survivors include three brothers, Clyde Owens, Vansant, and Milford and Eugene Owens, Haysi; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and graet-nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home Chapel with Elders James McClanahan, William McClanahan, Harvey Creech and Frank Newsome. Burial will follow in the Owens-Deel Cemetery, Route 2, Haysi. Pallbearers will be Marty Owens, Ernie Owens, Bryant Owens, Steve Owens, Michael Owens, Phillip "PD" Willis and Shawn Newsome. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Owens and Robert Owens. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Tuesday at Haysi Funeral Home where a service will be held at 7 p.m. Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sarah M. Preston
GLADE SPRING - Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah M. Preston will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2002, in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Melvin Johnson and Rev. Stella Thomas officiating. Pallbearers will be Russell Ervin, Bill Fields, Dirk Fugate, Junior Jordan, Patrick Jordan and Daryl Coleman. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Preston, Dan Preston, Dan Houndshell, Daniel Houndshell, John Henry Jordan and John Oglesby. Interment will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Mrs. Preston, 61, died Friday, April 12, 2002, in Lewis-Gale Hospital, Salem, Va.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Preston.
Bessie B. Ray
ABINGDON - Bessie Edith Belcher Ray, 74, of 286 N. Church St., died Sunday, April 1, 2002, at her residence. Born in Honaker, Va., to Ellis and Lola Sauls Belcher, she had lived in Abingdon for the past 50 years. She was retired from Supreme Mills in Chilhowie and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Abingdon. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Ellis R. Belcher, Clyde Belcher, Earl Belcher and Clarence E. Belcher. She is survived by her husband James; daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Calvin Fields; three sisters, Mary Sue Jones, Bristol, Tenn., Hazel Hawthorne of Bristol, Va., and Clara Hinchey of Bristol, Tenn.; along with five brothers, Arnold Belcher, Bristol, Tenn., Ralph Belcher and John Belcher of Abingdon, Ernest Belcher of Glade Spring and Carl Belcher of Meadowview; her special grandchildren, Paula Hayter and Darby Fields; and great-grandchildren, Rebecca Hayter and Cody Hayter also survive her. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Williams officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 till 7 p.m. at the church. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, April 16, at noon in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be the men of Emmanuel Baptist Church. The family would like to thank Hospice of Southwest Virginia in Wytheville for their care while Bessie was ill. Castle Funeral Home, 14298 Lee Highway, Bristol, Va., is serving the Ray family.
Helen Stiles Rose
ABINGDON - Helen Stiles Rose, who practiced nursing throughout her life, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in Connecticut. Born in Mountain City in 1905, Mrs. Rose was the daughter of the late William H. Stiles and the late Beatrix Stiles, formerly of East Main Street, Abingdon. After graduation from William King High School, she earned an R.N. from George Ben Johnson Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. Highlighting her career were supervising positions at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Conn.; director of nursing at Peterbarough Hospital, New Hampshire, and supervisor at Hunterdon County Medical Center, New Jersey.
Mrs. Rose is survived by her daughter, Helen Wilson of Ridgefield, Conn., with whom she was living; her sister-in-law, Ruth Stiles of Valley Street, Abingdon; and one granddaughter, Katharine Stiles Wilson of Troy, N.Y.
Private graveside services were held by the Rev.William R. Pickels, associate of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon. Funeral arrangements were conducted by Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon.
Mary Ellen Doss Smith
GLADE SPRING - Mrs. Mary Ellen Doss Smith, 72, died Saturday, April 13, 2002. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, a daughter of the late Delmar and Minnie Eller Doss. She attended McCall's Gap Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Smith; three brothers, Graham, Jim and Henry Doss; and two sisters, Maylee and Lakie Thomas.
Survivors include her brother, Walter Doss of Glade Spring; her sister, Elizabeth Worley of Damascus; two special nieces, Cricket Thomas and Susie Doss; a special friend, C.W. Creasy; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Farris Funeral Service.
Elster B. Stiltner
BREAKS, Va. - Elster Joann Belcher Stiltner, 72, left this world for a better place on Sunday, April 14, 2002, after many long days of suffering. A lifelong resident of Dickenson County, she was born on April 10, 1930, a daughter of the late Park and Jessie Presley Belcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Arthur H. Stiltner; a daughter, Jessie "Sissy" Looney; and a brother, Charles Belcher. She was a member of the Bartlick Old Regular Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Chester Bill Stiltner, and wife Marlene of Breaks; a daughter, Sally Joe Stiltner of Berea, Ky.; three brothers, James and Don Belcher of Haysi and Jerry Belcher of Taylor, Mich.; three sisters, Florence Hayes, Susie Ramey and Linda Lou Fuller, all of Haysi; five grandchildren, Todd and his wife Holly, Billie Joe and her husband Eric, Toomean and his wife Tina, and Melissa and Misty; four great-grandchildren, Cole, Alanna, Hunter and Madison.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Elders Freddie Ramey, Rick Mullins, Dave O'quinn and Buster Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Stiltner Family Cemetery at Breaks. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at Haysi Funeral Home on Monday, April 15, after 6 p.m. where an evening service will be held at 7 p.m.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby W. Barker
ABINGDON --A graveside funeral service for Ruby W. Barker will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Bob Reynolds officiating. Honorary casketbearers will be nephews. Family members and friends attending the funeral service Wednesday are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. Those wishing to send messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Mrs. Barker, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Ruby Wynegar Barker.
Rufus C. Blevins
GREEN COVE, Va. - The funeral service for Rufus C. "Sweet" Blevins will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, in the Green Cove Baptist Church with Rev. Herman Cress and Rev. Charles E. "Jody" Blevins officiating. The committal service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Green Cove Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Lung Association of Virginia, P.O. Box 1249, Abingdon, VA 24212. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service at the church or at any time at the residence of Jim and Gail Barr in Green Cove. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Blevins, 78, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is serving the family of Mr. Blevins.
Charles N. Bryan
DAMASCUS - The funeral service for Charles N. "Noonie" Bryan will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, in the Garrett Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jane Ayers officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Johnston Memorial Diabetic Education, 351 Court St., NE, Abingdon, VA 24210. The committal service and inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon with military graveside rites conducted by the Patton-Crosswhite V.F.W. Post 6975. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service at Garrett Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at email@example.com.
Mr. Bryan, 64, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in York, Neb. Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is serving the family of Mr. Bryan.
Gladys C. Fletcher
KINGSPORT --Family and friends of Gladys Coleman Fletcher will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Everlasting Life for a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Higher Ground Baptist Church, 1625 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, TN.
Mrs. Fletcher, 74, went to be with her Lord Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at the Holston Valley Medical Center following a long illness.
East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Fletcher family.
Snoda C. French
McCLURE, Va. - Snoda Ethel Counts French, 82, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Dickenson County Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Margaret Deel Counts; her husbands, Maynard French and Eddie Tackett; her daughters, Dollie Mae French, her half brothers, Garland, Kes and Silas Counts; her half sisters, Bessie, Minnie, Martha, Sadie, Hettie and Ida Counts; and one grandson.
Survivors include: one daughter, Carrie and husband Alan Ganzman of Oxnard, Calif.; three sons, James French and wife Shirley, Arnold French and wife Nancy and Hershal French and wife Madeline, all of McClure; two brothers, Gool Counts and Henry Counts of Livingston, Mont.; three sisters, Goldie French of McClure, Delcie Stacup of White City, Ore., and Jean Miller of Livingston; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Mullins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robbie Hay and Pastor Gary Clark officiating. Burial will be in the French Family Cemetery, Route 1, McClure. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary Seckman, Evans French, Roy French and Hank French.
The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Mullins Funeral Home Chapel where a service will be held at 7 p.m.
Mullins Funeral Home is serving the French family.
Caloma Lucinda Hayes
SANDY RIDGE, Va. - Caloma "Loma" Lucinda Hayes, 87, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Norton.
Mrs. Hayes was a member of the Pine Camp Church of God of Prophecy for over 60 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilmer Hayes; her parents, Marcus and Martha Hayes Duty; three sons, Denver Hayes, Dwight Hayes and Norman Hayes; four sisters, Belva Trent, Rendy Turner, Dolly Mullins and Minnie Meade; and three brothers, Garland Turner, John Duty and Swin Duty.
Survivors include one son, Vaughn D. Hayes of St. Paul; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Camp Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Curtis Bond and Rev. Danny Meade officiating. Burial will follow in the Hayes Cemetery on Sandy Ridge. Visitation will be held at Pine Camp Church of God of Prophecy on Wednesday after 6 p.m. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Lloyd O. Keen
DAYTON, Ohio - Lloyd O. "June" Keen, 75, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Piqua Manor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge R. Keen on Sept. 3, 1983; parents, Oscar H. "Windy" and Laura E. (Cook) Keen of Council, Va.; brothers, Rosco L., Guy R., Elmer A. and Raymond R. Keen, all of Council, and Ralph A. Keen of Bellbrook, Ohio; and grandson, David Lloyd James. He is survived by his children, Teresa Long of Dayton, Palma James and husband David of Piqua, Ohio, Lloyd T. "Cubby" Keen of Vandalia, Ohio, Lena Knox and James of Dayton, Wanda Carol Arnold of Chicago and Debbie Bull of Bellbrook, Ohio; sister, Hazel L. Presley of Bristol Tennessee; grandchildren, Tonya Yount, James and Timothy Long, John C. James, Bobby Jo and Ben Larimore, Adam J. Keen, Becky Tucker, Aaron Knoll, Teresa, Stephen and April Rohn, Walker Hollon, Erica and Justin Bull and Deanna; numerous great-grandchildren; and special friend, Cansada Wilson of New Carlisle, Ohio. Lloyd retired from Fridgidaire after 28 years of service and was a member and past president of the Wolf Creek Rod and Gun Club. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at the Tobias Funeral Home-East Third Street Chapel, 1817 E. Third St., Dayton, OH. Pastor Michael Milthaler will officiate. Interment will be in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. If desired, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association.
Lietta V. Lambert
CLINTWOOD - Committal services and entombment for Lietta Vanover Lambert will be noon Wednesday at the Phipps Memorial Cemetery, Clintwood. Pallbearers are Fred Lockhart, Todd Lockhart, David Moore, Vince Vanover, Richard "Lindy" Vanover, Josh Vanover, David Vanover and Jimmie Vanover.
Mrs. Lambert, 74, died Nov. 17, 2002, at Dickenson County Medical Center, Clintwood, after a long illness.
Clintwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry W. McCall
CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. - Mr. Jerry Wayne "Sambo" McCall, 47, passed away Nov. 18, 2002, in a Cary, North Carolina hospital following a strong battle with a lengthy illness.
He was born in Richlands and was the son of the late Frazier and Mary Bentley McCall, both Buchanan County natives.
He had made his home in the Jewell Valley, Va., area most of his life and was a former employee of N&V Coal Co. of Whitewood, Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Brian McCall.
Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Mitchell and husband, Wilkie of Jewell Ridge, Va., Ms. Debbie Breedlove and fiance, Tim Huffman of Claypool Hill, Va., and Ms. Tammy McCall and fiance, Randall "Fred" Blankenship Sr. of Cary; one brother, Mr. George F. "Stump" McCall and wife Wanda Sue of Woodbridge, Va.; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at noon at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. David Horton officiating. Interment will follow at the Rosa Cole Family Cemetery in Jewell Valley, Va. Pallbearers will be Frank Goss, Wayne Cantrell, Jeff Sparks, David Hackworth, Wendell Mitchell, Lonnie Mitchell, Bobby Mitchell and Pat McCoy. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dwight Bailey, Wilkie Mitchell, Buford Mitchell, Layman Mitchell, Ed Mitchell and Roger Jackson.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Virginia C. Schulz
VANSANT - Funeral services for Virginia "Vick" Coleman Schulz will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Rev. Lester Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Colley Cemetery, Route 1, Vansant. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Schulz, 82, of Route 1, passed away Monday, Nov. 18,. 2002, at her residence.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Orrin P. Scott
BLUFF CITY - Orrin P. Scott, 80, 896 Timber Ridge Road, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following an extended illness. A native of Bluefield, Va., he was the son of the late William H. and Virginia Tickle Scott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Callie Nelson Scott; two sons, Edward Joseph Scott and Gary David Scott; three sisters, Nancy Routh, Eula Alvarez and Leona Lee. Mr. Scott attended Lick Creek Christian Church and was a truck driver for Mason-Dixon Lines for 39 years. Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Anne Brennan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,. Pamela Scott Hoss, Bristol Virginia, and Betty Jean Hinkle, Bluff City; one stepdaughter, LaWanda Nichols, Palmetto, Fla.; a special friend and companion, Helen Eytchison, Bluff City; two brothers, Charles Scott, Elizabethton and Elmer Scott, Johnson City; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home with Mr. Joe Veeder, minister, officiating.
Graveside service and interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Cole, Dr. Jeff Farrow, Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Fawwaz Hamati and Gary Edward Sams. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Thursday.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Lick Creek Christian Church, 1172 Piney Flats Road, Watauga, TN 37694.
Words of sympathy to the family may be sent via e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton 423/542-2232.
Roy E. Simms
BLUFF CITY - Mr. Roy Edward Simms, 82, went to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Wesburn, Tenn., and had lived in this area for the past 12 years. He was the son of the late Richard and Bessie Slover Simms. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from Union Carbide and the coal mines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Millard Simms, Bill Simms, Charles Simms, Everett Simms Sr. and Theodore Simms; and one sister, Onedia Simms Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Norma Marie Cinciarelli Simms of the home; one daughter, Kathleen Simms of Bluff City; five sons, Daniel Simms of Platka, Fla., Donald Simms of Pittsburgh, and Bill Simms, Roy Simms Jr. and Charles Simms; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held in LaFollette, Tenn.
Serving the family of Mr. Roy Edward Simms is Snyder's Funeral Home, 239-5671.
Oliver W. Sisk
RICHLANDS - Mr. Oliver William Sisk, 91, formerly of the Marvin section of Buchanan County passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at his home following a lengthy illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late John Henry and Liddie Davis Sisk. He was a resident of Buchanan County for 84 years before moving to Richlands. He was a former employee of Red Jacket Coal Co. and was retired from Harman Mining Company. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. He was of the Holiness faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Amandalean (Manda) Mutter Sisk; one brother, Charlie Sisk; and one sister, Pearlie Rose.
He was a loving and devoted father to: five daughters, Mrs. Thelma Arbogast and husband Troy of Elkins, W.Va., Mrs. Vilven Nelson of Cedar Bluff, Mrs. Ilean Shinall and husband Bob of Richlands, Ms. Joyce Sisk of Richlands and Mrs. Mae Endicott and husband Bobby of Maxie, Va.; seven sons, Fred Sisk and wife Gaye of Richlands, Bill Sisk and wife Phyllis of Winston-Salem, N.C., Brady Sisk and wife Shelia, Bernard Sisk and wife Arleen, Ray Sisk and wife Myrtle, Carl Sisk and wife Jenny and Ira Sisk and wife Sandra, all of Route 1, Raven, Va.; three sisters, Ocie Davis, Goldie Rose and Maria Sisk, all of Route 1, Raven; one brother, Parrott Sisk of Route 1, Raven; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Bill Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be family.
The family will receive friends at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday with a 7 p.m. song service.
Singleton Funeral Service of Cedar Bluff is serving the Sisk Family.
Elizabeth P. South
ABINGDON - Mrs. Elizabeth Polly South, 61, went to be with the Lord, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at her residence.
Polly was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a member of the Key Street Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver W. Holley; and a brother, Raymond Holley; and was an employee of Fred's Mobile Home Service for 31 years.
Survivors include her husband, Fred South; sons, Dwayne South and wife Lori, Craig South and wife Amanda; a daughter, Susan Coleman and husband Nick, all of Abingdon; her mother, Lottie Holley, Glade Spring; brothers, Tom Holley and Gene Holley and wife Elsie, all of Saltville; sisters, Hazel Bowman, Collinsville, Va., Marie Clifton and husband Herb, Abingdon, and Dottie Briggs and husband Bobby, Glade Spring; grandchildren, Savannah and Dalton Martin and Kalley South; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Thurman Chapman, Rev. Ronnie Booher, Rev. Bobby Briggs, and Rev. Clayton Reynolds officiating.
Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bob Sterns, J.T. Martin, Eddie Briggs, Tony Briggs, Eugene Holley, Donald Clifton, Timmy Holley and J.R. Horn. Honorary pallbearers will be Abe Hurt, Dave Gibson, Junie Moore, Kenny Moore and Wayne Holland.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. in the funeral home.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is serving the South family.