Ezra E. Nixon
COEBURN - Ezra E. Nixon, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Norton Community Hospital in Norton.
Mr. Nixon was a retired coal miner of Clinchfield Coal Company and a member of Mary's Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle; his parents, Robert A. and Margaret Colyer Nixon; brothers, Erskin Nixon, Rufus Nixon, Arvil Nixon and Dave Nixon; sisters, Daisy Williams and Vivian Willis; grandson, Jerry E. Nixon Jr.; and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include four daughters, Joan Odle, Spotsylvania, Va., Vicey Sarver, Bluefield, W.Va., Frankie Lythgoe, Mechanicsville, Va., and Judy Kay Davis, Kingsport; four sons, Robert Nixon, Lynchburg, Va., Jerry Nixon, Kingsport and Danny Nixon and Ricky Nixon, both of Richmond; one brother, Jeff Nixon, Coeburn; three sisters, Virginia Helbert and Mabel Nixon, both of Coeburn, and Beatrice Powers, Mansfield, Ohio; two special friends, Alice Marcus and Mickey Marcus, both of Coeburn; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; several nephews; and several nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at Mary's Chapel Church with Rev. Marty Puckett and Rev. Les Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Coeburn. Visitation will be held at Estes Funeral Home on Friday after 5:30 p.m. and a Masonic evening service will be held at 6:45 p.m. by Coeburn Masonic Lodge 97 AF & AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund, Mary's Chapel Church, P.O. Box 989, Coeburn, VA 24230.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Funeral services for Eileen O'Dell will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday in Central Holston Christian Church with Ministers Wayne Emery and Howard Taylor officiating. Eulogy given by Nancy Kincheloe. Burial will follow in Shipley Cemetery. Pallbearers: Joe Nelson, Jimmy Lunsford, Sam Witcher, Tom Hardesty, Bill Kincheloe and Peter Hardesty. Honorary pallbearers: nephews, nieces and Oren "Soupy" Campbell.
Those desiring may make memorials to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33909. E-mail expressions of sympathy may be at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. O'Dell, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in Cape Coral.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Gilley Phibbs
CHILHOWIE - Ruby Gilley Phibbs, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.
CLINTWOOD - Lavonda (Sue) Phipps, 68, died at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002. She had lived most of her life in Dickenson County and was last employed as a cook at Dickenson County Medical Center.
Surviving are her husband, Harold B. Phipps, Clintwood; three sons, Steve Phipps, Clintwood, Michael Phipps, Abingdon and Wes Phipps, Radford; a daughter, RoxAnn Stout, Clintwood; brother, Ed Lucas, Ohio; sister, Betty Cockrel, Chicago; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday at Clintwood Funeral Home with a song service to follow at 7 p.m. A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Clintwood Rescue Squad or Fire Department.
Clintwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Kenneth Harold Pippin
Graveside services for Kenneth Harold Pippin will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Walter Statzer officiating. Those wishing to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the cemetery. Friends will serve as pallbearers. E-mail
Mr. Pippin, 71, of 19151 Benhams Road, Bristol, Va., died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Castle Funeral Home, 14298 Lee Highway, Bristol, Va., is serving the Pippin family.
Joy McNamara Ringley
Joy McNamara Ringley, 85, former resident of Gate City Highway, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 4, 1917, in Scott County, Va., daughter of the late William G. "Will" and Bertha McNamara and she was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. She was a retired cook from the Bristol Virginia School System and was a member of the Walkers Mountain Baptist Church. She was the widow of Millard F. Ringley and preceded in death by a son, Wallace Ringley.
Survivors include: daughter, Joni Morrell; special daughter-in-law, Shelby Ringley; grandchildren, Brian Miller and wife, Marcy and Debra Hurst and husband, Derrick; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Tiffany and Ryan; sister, Lena Edwards; special nieces, Joyce Lovelace and Betty Fields; special cousin, Edith Smith; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donald Denton officiating. The committal will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mary's Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Internet condolences may be sent to www.weaverfuneralhome.net. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Weaver Funeral Home or any time a the home of the daughter, Joni Morrell, 5191 Gate City Highway, Bristol, Va.
Clarence J. Rosenbalm
Clarence J. Rosenbalm, 73, of 204 Reservoir St., Bristol, Va., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, in South Carolina.
He was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., a son of the late James Rosenbalm and Nellie H. Feathers Rosenbalm. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Rosenbalm was a former employee of Black & White Cab Company and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ellison Rosenbalm; two brothers, Claude Rosenbalm and James Rosenbalm; and a sister, Neva Nunn.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ramsey of St. George, S.C.; a son, Clarence G. Rosenbalm of St. George; a brother, A.J. Rosenbalm of Bristol Virginia; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Blevins Funeral Home with Dr. Charles C. Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Rooty Branch Cemetery. Pallbearers will e Wallace Reed, Ed Pruitt, Jimmy Havens, Chris Reed, James Pucket, Clayton Jones, Tyrone Rosenbalm and James Garland. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o'clock Friday night at the funeral home.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Rosenbalm have been made through Blevins Funeral Home.
CEDAR BLUFF - Mrs. Elsie I. Beavers Sayers,, 94, of the Raven Nest Branch section, passed away at her home Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, following a long illness. A life long resident of Tazewell County, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Aulena Bandy Beavers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andy T. Sayers; one brother; and four sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family in her generation and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church at Cedar Bluff.
She is survived by a son, James D. Beavers Jr. and wife Lucille of Cedar Bluff; a granddaughter, Tammy Beavers Miller and husband Jack; and a great-grandson, Justin M. Miller , all of Cedar Bluff.
Special thanks to the nurses at Preferred Home Health and Diana Hale.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Rick Grinstead and Rev. Randy Shields officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery at Tazewell, Va.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
The family will receive friends at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff from 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is serving the Sayers family.
Danny B. Sloan
GATE CITY, Va. - Danny B. Sloan, 44, of Route 7, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at his residence.
He was born in Sullivan County on Sept. 1, 1958, and was the son of the late Thomas and Eva Mae Williams Sloan. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was employed with TEC as a truck driver. Mr. Sloan was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Brandon Nathaniel Whitlock.
Surviving are wife, Theresa Hensley Sloan; daughters, Ashley Sloan and Allison Sloan of the home; twin brother, Denny Sloan, Clinchport, Va.; sister, Barbara Sue Whitlock and husband Nat, Bristol Tennessee; nieces, Natalie Whitlock, Kingsport, and Jacqulayne Sloan, Greeneville, Tenn.; nephew, Chad Sloan, Clinchport; great-niece, Kaitlyn Drew Turner, Greeneville; and many other relatives and friends.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Colonial Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rev. George Willis Jr., Rev. Paul Allison and Brother Kenneth Neeley officiating. Midway Quartet will provide the music.
Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Danny Crawford, Bill Gilliam, Allen Rhoton, Marvin Egan, Brandon Hensley, Scott Hensley, Darrin Pendleton and Teddy Pendleton. Honorary pallbearers are Midway Baptist Church deacons.
Special thanks are extended to Wellmont Hospice nurses, Debbie Wolfe and Nan Richie.
Eulah G. Slutz
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A graveside service for Mrs. Eulah Goff Slutz will be conducted Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mount Rose Cemetery with Rev. Timothy W. Graham officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327.
Mrs. Slutz, 84, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at a nursing home in Charlottesville, where she had been in failing health for some time.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Slutz.
Wiley W. Thompson
Funeral services for Wiley William Thompson will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in the Virginia Avenue Methodist Church with the Reverend Connie Huffine. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon. Pallbearers will be Christopher Allen Thompson, Matthew Allen Cate, Jonathan Edward Cate, Bill Rutherford, Jim Rutherford, Andy Rutherford, Don Harris and Fred Kroupa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1127 Virginia Ave., Bristol, TN 37620.
Mr. Thompson, 87, of Bristol Virginia, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, in the Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Thompson.
Calling hours for Ms. Bernice Innetta Washington will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at New Hope Baptist Church with funeral services at noon. Rev. William J. Reid will officiate. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn.
Ms. Washington, lovingly called Tootie, 73, departed this life and went to live with her Heavenly Father Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Wellmont Systems-Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Bernice Innetta M. Washington have been made through Robinson Mortuary Inc.
BLUFF CITY - Vera Watson, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton. She was born in Piney Flats, Tenn., a daughter of Walter and Fannie Green Millsaps. She was the widow of Wendell Watson, whom she married Dec. 19, 1935. Mrs. Watson worked for the Sullivan County School System and was a member of Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Catherine) Marion and Mrs. Charles (Carol) Glover, all of Bluff City; four grandchildren, Gregory Glover, David Marion, Penny Jones and Katherine Snyder; six great-grandchildren, Allen Glover, Stephanie and Bradley Marion, Luke and Molly Jones and Shay Snyder; and several nieces and nephews.
A private funeral service will be conducted at 11 o'clock Friday morning at the graveside with Rev. Steve Hensley officiating.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Watson have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Thomas Workman Sr.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Funeral services Thomas Workman Sr. will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Campbell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pook Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the Campbell Funeral Home from 7-9 Friday evening. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.campbell-funeralhome.com
Mr. Workman, 71, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23, 2002.
Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
Chloe Ella Addison
BLUFF CITY - Chloe Ella Addison passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Addison are incomplete and will be announced by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Betty H. Blevins
CHILHOWIE - Betty Ruth Haga Blevins, 72, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie after an extended illness. Her family and friends knew her as both beautiful on the outside and inside as well. She was born in Helena, W.Va., on Aug. 6, 1930, to the late Felix Lundy and Anna Mae Denny Haga but was a life long resident of Smyth County. Mrs. Blevins was preceded in death by an infant brother, Harrison Cecil Haga.
Survivors include her husband, Luther Kenneth Blevins; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Monica Blevins, Chilhowie and Ken and Gail Blevins, Wilkesboro, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Scott Johnson, Gillett, Pa.; grandchildren, William Luther, Gavin Nathaniel and Magan Alyce Blevins and Anna Lee and Melanie Sue Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Fern Haga, Galva, Ill., J.B. and Dot Haga, Chilhowie, Clyde and Lorraine Haga, Springfield, Tenn., and Ambers and Renie Haga, Chilhowie, Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Louvenia and Richard Plummer, Galva, Mary Alice and Billy Williams, Bybee, Tenn., and Izetta and David Williams, Chilhowie; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Bradley-Finney Funeral Chapel in Chilhowie with Elder Eddie Lyle officiating. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at Riverside Cemetery in Chilhowie. The family requests that those wishing to attend the graveside services meet at the cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral services. Special thanks is given to Dr. Robert Hale and his staff, Valley Health Care Center nurses and staff, especially the third wing and Betty's daughter-in-law, Monica, for her many years of loving care and support.
Bradley-Finney Funeral Chapel of Chilhowie is serving the Blevins family.
Katherine W. Booher
Katherine Whittaker Booher, formerly of 1711 Florida Ave., Bristol, Tenn., passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther R. Booher of Sullivan County.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie L. and Carrie Booher, 232 Forest Hills Drive, and N. Keith and Lesa Booher of 379 Boohertowne Private Drive, all of Bristol Tennessee; two granddaughters, Lisa Booher of Salisbury, N.C., and Jennifer Booher of Atlanta; sisters, Mary Montona of Bristol Virginia, and Francis Hayter of Abingdon; brothers, Gene Whittaker of Cornelius, Ore., Frank Whittaker of Battleground, Wash., Fred Whittaker of Vancouver, Wash., and Lewis Whittaker of Bristol Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Katherine was the daughter of the late Rev. Harley Millard Whittaker and the late Maggie Lee Thompson. She was retired from Bristol Jeans, Inc., and had worked at Hoslton Ordinance during World War II.
Funeral services will be conducted at Weaver Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Walter Statzer officiating. Family and friends will be received Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 N. Boone St., Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CLINTWOOD - Everett Davis, 93, of Route 1, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. He was born June 23, 1909, to Watson and Elizabeth Puckett Davis on Davis Ridge, Dickenson County, where he lived most of his life. He was a member of Pound River Church of the Brethren. Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines as a blacksmith for the Calvary. He was an active community servant having served as county supervisor for the Willis District; a long time member and president of the Lions Club; member of the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Plateau Planning Commission; chairman of the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens and chairman of the Water and Soil Commission. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Archer Davis; brothers, Lonza and Cecil; and sisters, Velva, Virgie, Vesta, Minnie, Zinnie, Zella, Lola and Hester.
Survivors include his sister, Bonnie Rose of Route 1, Clintwood; nephews, Jim Deaton of Jefferson City, Tenn., whom Everett and Elizabeth raised, Lacy Rose and Gary Rose, who provided transportation and caring assistance in his later years; and many other devoted nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m.Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Haysi Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Sluss officiating. Burial will follow in the Everett and Elizabeth Davis Cemetery, Route 1, Clintwood. VFW Post 8979 of Clintwood will conduct military graveside rites. Friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, where a song service will be held at 7 p.m. at Haysi Funeral Home.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary W. Elam
NORTH TAZEWELL - Mary Whitt Elam, 84, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at her home following a short illness.
Born at Berwind, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Rector Graham and Annie Marrs Whitt.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Lee Earls; her second husband,William Elam; four brothers; and one grandchild, Kevin Earls. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family in her generation.
She is sruvived by two sons, Ronald Earls of Baptist Valley, Va., and Doug Earls and wife Linda of Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Johnny (Karen) Neice of Poquoson,Va.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family may be contacted at Mrs. Elam's home in North Tazewell at any time. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity or church.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is serving the Elam Family.