Fred V. Hamilton
ST. PAUL - Fred V. Hamilton, 62, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Norton Community Hospital, Norton.
He was born in Wise County, Va., the son of the late Everett and Dixie Meade Hamilton. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lynn Hamilton; one sister, Betty Weddle; and one grandson, Travis Kennedy.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet Beavers and husband, Carl of Castlewood, and Tammy Kennedy and husband Mike of St. Paul; one sister, Belva Lawson of Nicklesville, Va.; one brother, James Hamilton of Valparaiso, Ind.; five grandchildren, Christy Shortridge and husband Chuckie, LeAnne DeLeon and husband Adam, Kim Beavers, Tabitha Kennedy and Kayla Kennedy; three great-grandchildren, Natasha Shortridge, Jessica Shortridge and Samantha DeLeon; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, with Rev. Mike Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers will be Dee Ramsey, Larry Trent, Harold Meade, Brian Mitchell, David Mefford and Eddie Beaver.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood. Condolences may be sent to the Hamilton family via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles H. Kestner
Mr. Charles Howard Kestner, 60, of the Goose Pimple Junction community, Bristol Virginia, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. Born in Tazewell County, he was a son of the late Henry Washington Kestner and Bessie Litton Kestner.
Mr. Kestner was a member of Central Baptist Church and the former owner and operator of C & J Auto Body Shop for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Bott Kestner; a son, Mark Kestner and wife, Sheri, of Abingdon; a daughter, Kim Taylor and husband, Joel, of Abingdon; three brothers, Roger Kestner, Doug Kestner and Bobby Kestner, all of Glade Spring; three sisters, Lynda Pruner of Bristol Tennessee, Brenda Haynes of Randleman, N.C., and Patricia Ann Kestner of Glade Spring; five grandchildren, Adam Burton, Ashley Burton, Cody Kestner, Katelyn Kestner and Andrew Kestner; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Les Ketron officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Casketbearers will be Jack Latham, Ken Pope, Irving Stringer, Don Harry, Don Salyer, Clyde Ward, David Kestner and Walter Burton. Honorary casketbearers will be J.C. Crigger, H.C. Kiser, Ray Taylor, Joe Byington, Dr. Guy Tillinghast, Dr. Tom Johnson and the men of Central Baptist Church. Those wishing to send messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Charles Howard Kestner.
Joel L. Kite
MEADOWVIEW - Joel L. "Jody" Kite, 47, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at the residence of his parents. He had spent most of his life in Abingdon. He was employed by King Pharmaceutical where he worked as a chemist. Mr. Kite was a graduate of Virginia Highlands Community College and Emory & Henry College. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his parents, Dusty and June Kite of Abingdon; one son, Zeke Kite of Abingdon; and one stepson, Ian Patterson of Abingdon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, in the Campbell Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steven Pollard officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum of Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Hutton, Fred James, Edward Jordan Jr., Doug Carey, Duffy Carmack, Bud Widener and David Temgroth. The family will receive friends at the Campbell Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. prior to the service on Friday. Flowers will be accepted or those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Building Fund of the Abingdon Baptist Church, 361 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210.
Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, is in charge of the arrangements.
Martha Ellen Leonard
MADISON, Ga. - Martha Ellen Leonard, 87, of 3190 Eatonton Road, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002. Death came at home after a lengthy illness.
She was a native of Russellville, Tenn., and had lived in Bristol until 1970.
She was a member of Rosemont Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by husband, Chester D. Leonard; one son, B.R. Osborne and wife Sue of Madison; and grandsons, Mark Osborne and wife, Vanessa of Suwanee, Ga., Matthew Osborne and wife, Melissa, and great-granddaughter, Hanna of Dacula, Ga., and Andrew Osborne and wife, Jill of Athens, Ga. She is also survived by one sister, Evelyn Leonard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at Akard Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Noah, Minister, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Leonard.
Harold L. Miles
Committal service for Harold Lee "Waldo," "Tiny" Miles will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Mausoleum. Honorary pallbearers include Haynes Smith, William "Bill" Smith, Ed Hinkle, Keith Thomas, David McNally, Victor Hawkins, Norville McCracken, Lee Bentley and Doug Hilton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Steele Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 274 Old Stage Drive, Bristol, Tenn.
Mr. Miles, of 101 Elk Road, Bristol, Tenn., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Granville J. Owens
ABINGDON - Mr. Granville J. Owens, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Dickenson County and a graduate of Hiwassee College and East Tennessee State University. Mr. Owens was a retired teacher and principal in the Dickenson County and Washington County School Systems, was formerly employed at Harmon Coal Co. and Mid Mountain Foods and was a member of Greendale Chapel Church. He was an avid reader and a fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Mr. Owens was preceded in death by a son, Alex Owens; a grandson, Scott Boatwright; and son-in-law, Steve Wingo.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Virchel Deel Owens; two sons, Glenn Owens of Haysi and Bryan Owens of Bristol Virginia; three daughters, Joyce Boatwright and Jean Wingo, both of Bristol Virginia, and Mary Minton of Abingdon; one brother, Leon Owens of Palatka, Fla.; two sisters, Gaynell Duty of Palatka and Ruby Deel of Prater, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum at Forest Hills at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. The family will receive friends following the service or any time at the home. Pallbearers will be grandsons and sons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers will be residents and staff of West Haven Retirement Home and the men of Greendale Chapel Church. In place of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greendale Chapel Church. Those wishing to send messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com. Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mr. Granville Owens.
CEDAR BLUFF - Mrs. Ellen Perkins, 89, formerly of Swords Creek, Va., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, in a Richlands hospital. Born Jan. 17, 1913, in Swords Creek, she was a daughter of the late Fleming Thomas and Laura Frances Dye Perkins. She had spent most of her life in the Swords Creek area and was of the Free Will Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos J. Perkins; one son, Carlos Wayne Perkins; two sisters, Rosa Hill and Flossie Durbin; four brothers, Floyd Perkins, Joe Perkins, Luther Perkins and J.C. Perkins; and one grandson, Douglas Stephen Robertson.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Robertson-Greear and her husband, Howard of Hansonville, Va., and Mrs. George (Frances) Adkins of Cedar Bluff; one son, Dallas Perkins and his wife Charlotte of Swords Creek; one sister, Etta Jackson and her husband, John of Findlay, Ohio; one brother, Kelly Perkins and his wife, Pat of Findlay; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Special care givers, Tama Wright and the Home Independent Health Nurses of Rosedale, Va.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, with Rev. Fairley Spencer, Rev. David Perkins and Rev. Scotty Perkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Perkins Cemetery at Drill, Va.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the Honaker Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Thursday.
Edith A. Shortridge
RICHLANDS - Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Alene Shortridge will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Bobby Laney officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Claypool Hill. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Shortridge, 87, of 206 Lee St. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, in a Richlands hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
ABINGDON - Frank Slagle, 93, of the Alvarado Community, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at email@example.com.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is serving the family of Mr. Slagle.
Charles Tolliver Jr.
ROANOKE - Masonic services for Charles H. Tolliver Jr. will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday by Abingdon Masonic Lodge No. 48 A.F. & A.M. in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon.
Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum.
The family requests that friends please omit flowers. Those who wish may make contributions to a charity of choice.
There will not be any visitation at the funeral home.
Mr. Tolliver, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Our Lady of the Valley.
Campbell Funeral Home of Abingdon is in charge of arrangements.
Bonnie M. Trivett
Funeral services for Bonnie Leab Melvin Trivett will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in Glenwood Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Jess Neal officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Trivett, 77, of 1810 6th St. Extension, Bristol, Tenn., went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth R. Weaver
Kenneth Ray Weaver, 72, of Bristol Tennessee went to be with his Lord Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was a native of Burnwell, W.Va., and had lived in Bristol since 1974. He was born Oct. 18, 1930, to the late Val and Helen Bosher Weaver. Mr. Weaver was a U.S. veteran of the Marine Corps and U.S. Army. He was a faithful member of State Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth M. Keener and wife Linda of Mulberry, Fla.; sister, Macel Cooper, Columbus, Ohio; and his church family at State Street Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Dan Bailey and Richard Bateman officiating. Pallbearers are Charlie Nave, Burl Sink, Lewis Osborne, Malcolm Green, Wade Brooks, Bill Lewis, Jerry Lunsford and Bill Merritt. Honorary pallbearers, Eugene Wyatt, Jay D. Winters, Charlie Sams, Garry Smith, Ken Canter, Robert Jones and men of State Street Church of Christ. Committal services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn. Military honors will be conducted by Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975. The family will receive friends Thursday prior to the service 6 to 7 p.m. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Grace Ella Black
BLUFF CITY - Funeral services for Grace Ella Black will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Robinson A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. W.J. Reid and Rev. John J. Mensah officiating. Interment will follow at Morning View Cemetery. Pallbearers include friends of the family. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Mrs. Black, 71, of 623 Cedar Street Extension, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Claude H. Emmert
BLOUNTVILLE - The Rev. Claude Haskell Emmert, 73, departed this life to be with the Lord, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Indian Path Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Claude was born in Bristol Tennessee, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he earned the Purple Heart. He was a retired minister in the Holston Conference. He was a member of Cassidy United Methodist Church. Claude was preceded in death by his parents, R.S. and Minnie Emmert; and a brother, Fred Emmert.
Claude is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Virginia Pope Emmert of the home; six children, Sheila A. Ketron and husband, Mike, Jerry W. Emmert, Jeffrey Emmert and wife, Heidi, and Claudia Jean Horton and husband, Dale, all of Kingsport, Lawrence H. Emmert and wife, Sherry, of Blountville and Reverend Randall Emmert and wife, Mitzi, of Limestone; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters Elsie Dunn and Dorothy Welch, both of Bristol; brothers David, Jack and Bobby Emmert, all of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at East Lawn Funeral Home and any time at the residence. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Monday at East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Larry DeVault and Reverend Randall Emmert officiating. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Tuesday for a graveside service at the Tri-Cities Memory Gardens with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post 3265 of Kingsport. Pallbearers will be grandsons. The family requests those desiring may make memorial contributions to Cassidy United Methodist Church or Cassidy Preschool Program, 5801 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport, TN 37664. Condolences may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Claude Emmert family.
James Finney Jr.
James R. Finney Jr., 79, of 807 Airport Road, Bristol, Va., died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. Mr. Finney was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Lebanon and had made his home in the Bristol area since 1941. He was the owner and operator of Finney and Finney Construction Co., a member of Belle Meadows Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Montgomery Finney; his father, James R. Finney Sr.; and a sister, Hope Donald.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Finney; son, James R. Finney III; daughter, Carolyn DiPerio; mother, Willie Anne Finney; sister, Patty Wilson; three brothers, C.D. Finney, Don Finney and Jerry I. Finney; stepson, Larry Davenport; stepdaughter, Sherry Mayle; two grandsons, Tony and Mark DiPerio; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Kala DiPerio; four step-grandchilldren, Brandy and Daniel and Jason and Christina; and step-great-granddaughter, Kele Lowery.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, in Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dewey Williams, Rev. Sam Haynes and Rev. Jerry Musick officiating. Special music will be by Sue Watts and Charles Hickman.The committal will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mountainview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Williams, Mike Malone, Charles Hickman, Tip Defreese, Joe Greene, Sam Russell, Larry Johnston, Woody Caldwell, Mike McCann and Eddie Wilson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Sunday at Weaver Funeral Home.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William N. Greever
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dr. William N. Greever, 84, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers.
He was a former resident of Chilhowie.
Survivors and date of memorial services at Chilhowie will be announced at a later date by Williams Funeral Home, Chilhowie.
Joe C. Harr
BLOUNTVILLE - Funeral service Joe Charles Harr will be 8 p.m. Saturday in East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Harry Fleenor officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday for a graveside service in the Garden of Everlasting Life III of the East Lawn Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent via email@example.com.
Mr. Harr, 94, formerly of 1329 Harrtown Road, went to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2002, at Indian Path Hospital following a brief illness.
East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Joe C. Harr family.
LEBANON - Woodrow Hess, 87, of the Corner section of Russell County, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at home.
Born Feb. 4, 1915, in Russell County, a son of the late George and Maggie Meade Hess. He was a farmer and carpenter. He was of the Methodist faith.
He was preceded in death by a son, J.D. Hess; a grandson, Carl G. Hess; three brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gladys Hess; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sandra and Coy Blankenship and Maggie Ray, all of Lebanon, and Yvonne and Bill Heath of Saluda, S.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Shella Gene Hess and Jean Hurd; and G.B. and Wilma Hess, all of Lebanon; three sisters, Hazel Miller of Lebanon, Elizabeth King of Kingsport and Ruby Boyd of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, J.P. Hess of Ocala, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, in Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Taylor and the Rev. Rick Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Hess Family Cemetery near the home. Pallbearers will be Lee Saunders, Mike Osborne, Graham Ray, Frankie Ball, Ronnie Gilbert, Mitch Leftwich, Dennis Gilbert and Adam Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Gilbert, David Ray, Allen Heath and Charlie Gilbert. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at the funeral home.
Combs Funeral Service is serving the Hess family.
William B. Louthen
TEMECULA, Calif. - William B. Louthen, 79, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, in Temecula. He was retired from the Navy as a senior chief petty officer with 24 years of service.
Surviving are by his wife, Betty Louthen; one daughter, Chery Louthen of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sons, William "Bill" Louthen Jr. of San Diego and Douglas Louthen of Meniffee, Calif.; four sisters, Chris Baker of Sacramento, Calif., and Vada Kirby, Katherine Louthen and Bobbie Mabe, all of Marion; three brothers, Sherman Louthen and Tony Louthen, both of Marion, and Campbell Louthen of Bluff City; and one grandchild.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego.
Information courtesy of Seaver-Brown Funeral Service of Marion.