Barnes B. Rife
MATLACHA, Fla. - Barnes Burton Rife, 83 years of age, formerly of Grundy, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Albert and Lydia Matney Rife. He was a member of the Northside Christian Church in Cape Coral, Fla., where he served as an elder.
He was a former member and elder of the Grundy Church of Christ and served on the Board of Trustees of Mountain Mission School. He founded Grundy TV Cable, Richlands Cable and Tazewell Cable Companies and was a member of the National Cable Association. He founded and directed Rife's TV and Appliance, Rife Chevrolet and Rife Wholesale in Grundy before moving to Florida in 1968. He was a former partner in Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy.
Mr. Rife is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred Keen Rife of Matlacha; two daughters, Gerri Henderson of Cincinnati and Joanna Williams-Laurence of Knoxville; two sons, Albert Jerome Rife of Matlacha and Barnes Jonothan Rife of Grundy; one sister, Juanita Henson of Abingdon; six grandchildren, Kent Henderson of Spokane, Wash., Kerri Powell of Cincinnati, Stacey Randolph Strom of Cincinnati, Robb Williams of Baltimore, Brian Rife of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Kris Williams of Richmond; and one step-granddaughter, Kori Laurence of Knoxville.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alta Yates, Garnett Keen and Gertrude More; one brother, Ralph Rife; and one granddaughter, Carla Rife.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Church of Christ with Evangelists Michael Trent, Clarence Greenleaf and James M. Swiney officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park at Big Rock, Va.
Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel after 5 p.m. Friday with a song service at 7 p.m.
The body of Mr. Rife will be moved to the Grundy Church of Christ, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. to await the funeral hour at 1 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Brian Rife, Chris Williams, Robb Williams, Corky Looney, Roger McClanahan, Lonzo Rife, Ricky Owens and John Strom.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Rife, Earnest Matney, Bob More, Bill Horn, Ron Henderson, Lance Laurence, Jay Rife, Tom Powell, Jeff Matney, Bill Salyer, Mary Osborne and Gaynell Fowler.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Mountain Mission School, 1 Hurley St., Grundy, VA 24614.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.
Sarah B. Ringstaff
RICHLANDS - Mrs. Sarah Blanche Ringstaff, 93, of 1209 3rd St., died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at her home.
She was born in Sanders Mine, Va., and was a daughter of the late Conley Grover and Elva H. Lineberry McGee, both Carroll County natives. She was a 1927 graduate of Richlands High School, attended Radford State Teachers College and was a former substitute school teacher with the Tazewell County School System. She was a member of the Pounding Mill Christian Church and was a 50-year life member of the W.C.T.U. She was a member of the Barnes-Beavers VFW Post 7136 Ladies Auxiliary in Tazewell, Va., the Bluefield Chapter 3 Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine, the Richlands Rebekah Lodge 62 and the L.A.P.M. 3 in Abingdon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Charles R. Ringstaff; two sons, C.R. and John Grover Ringstaff; also six brothers, Ellis, Elmer, Conley Jr., Herman D., Hubert and Robert McGee. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Aileen Mitchell of Pounding Mill, Mrs. Don (Elva Lee) Vandyke of Claypool Hill, Va., and Mrs. Garnett (Martha) Webb of Bluefield, Va.; two sons, Mr. James Ringstaff and wife, Roberta of Matthews, Va., and Mr. Eugene Ringstaff and wife, Terri of Doran, Va.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth McGee of Roanoke; eight grandchildren, Tami Smith, Jane White, Robb Vandyke, Marty Ringstaff, Martin Ringstaff, Blake Ringstaff, Tina Miller and John Patrick Ringstaff; and three great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Smith, Austin Miller and Tanner Miller.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill with Rev. Mike Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to W.C.T.U. c/o Mrs. Clyde Roland, 3802 Rolling Hill Ave., Roanoke, VA 24017. The family can be contacted at the home of Elva Lee Vandyke, 300 Fill St., Claypool Hill. 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.
W. A. Routh
ERWIN - Mr. W.A. "Babe" Routh, 78, 530 Vinton St., died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Routh was a Saltville native having lived in Castlewood before moving to Erwin in 1969. He was a son of the late William Nelson and Gussie Frye Routh. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Routh was a Clinchfield Railroad conductor before retiring in 1985. He was of the Methodist faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Jane Routh Wilfong; and two brothers, Ross David Routh and Paul Routh.
Survivors include: his wife, Samye McCready Routh, Erwin; one daughter, Frances and Bob Morris, Erwin; one brother, Harry Franklin and Wilma Routh, Johnson City; six sisters, Mary Prater, Saltville, Va., Dorothy and Charles Guinn, Jonesborough, Ercelle Collins, St. Paul, Billie Woliver, Knoxville, Lyda and Jimmy Milhorn, Gray, Tenn., and Norma and M.C. Salyer, Castlewood; and special nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday from the Erwin Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Lyle will officiate. Music will be provided by Nancy K. Bogart. Graveside service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery. Charles Hughes, Tom Sellars, John Miller, A. L. Chaffin, J.M. Harris and J.C. Masters will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7 p.m. Thursday. Family, minister, pallbearers and friends will assemble at the funeral home by 1:15 p.m. Thursday and other times at the residence, 530 Vinton St., Erwin. Other survivors include son-in-law, Bob Morris; sister-in-law, Wilma Routh; brothers-in-law, Charles Guinn, Jimmy Milhorn and M.C. Salyer.
Erwin Memorial Funeral Home, 1015 N. Main, Erwin is in charge of the arrangements.
Emma Marie Witman
Emma Marie Witman, of Bristol Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, in the Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
Alice Feathers Wright
The funeral service for Alice Feathers Wright will be conducted at 11 o'clock Thursday morning in the Chapel of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home with Dr. Tony Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 until 10:45 Thursday morning prior to the service at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. .
Mrs. Wright, 75, formerly of Bristol Virginia, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at Cambridge House, where she and her husband have lived for the past three years.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Wright have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Ray C. Allen
DRYDEN, Va. - Ray C. Allen, 81, passed away at his residence Friday, Sept. 6, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County, the son of the late Claude and Ellen Allen. He was a retired coal miner of twenty-seven years, a member of the UMWA. He was also a member of the Admant Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by one son, David R. Allen, one brother, and four sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Holman Allen of Dryden, four sons, Roger and wife Carolyn of Newport, RI, Larry and wife Pamela of Dryden, Danny and wife Jeanie of Jonesville, Va., and Paul Dean Allen of Dryden; a special daughter-in-law, Phyllis J. Allen of Pennington Gap; twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Preston Allen of Pennington Gap and Curtis Allen of Dryden; special friends and neighbor, Vernon and Bill Gilliam of Dryden, and Stella and A.W. Sproles of Pennington Gap.
A special thank you to Wellmont Hospice Worker's; Dorothy Qualls, Lisa Whisman and Freda Woodard and a host of other relatives and friends.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday evening at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Admant Baptist Church on Stone Creek with Dr. Kenneth Ellis officiating. The eulogy will be given by grandson Shawn Ellen.
The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to service. Interment will follow in Lee Memorial Gardens, Woodway, Va.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Justin Allen, Shawn Allen, Scott Allen, Christian Allen, Zachary Allen, Jeff Johnson and Ronnie Collins. Contributions may be made to the Adamant Baptist Church, P.O. Box 452, Pennington Gap, Va. 24277.
Sturgill Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
ABINGDON ---- Billy George Ball, 64, of 358 Old 11 Court,. formerly of Richlands, died Friday Sept. 6, 2002 at a Bristol Tennessee hospital. He was born in Tazwell County and was a son of the late James William and Ila Gilley Ball, both Tazwell County natives.
He had lived in Richlands for several years before moving to Abingdon 20 years ago. He attended Richlands High School and was former owner and operator of Ball Iron and Metal in Raven. He was a machinist for Electro-Mechanical Corp. Bristol Virginia and attended Trinity Baptist Church in Abingdon.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mrs. Dorothy J. Davis Ball and one brother, James Bige Ball.
Survivors are: sister Brenda Ball of Richlands; nieces Lisa Sutherland, Mary Lynn Shrader, Sherrie Stuart and Connie Foster; nephew David Ball; several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law Ruth Hughes and special brother-in-law George Cox.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. Ronnie Blevins and Vann Seal officiating. Entombment will be at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Richlands Monday September 9 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to attend the committal service should be at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands by 1:30 p.m. Monday. Pallbearers will be Rick Sutherland, George Stuart, Jake Lowe, Dan Hickock, Bill Culbertson and Dean Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and co-workers of Electro-Mechanical Corporation, friends and deacons of Trinity Baptist Church and friends in the Stoney Fork Hunting Club. The body is at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands where friends may call Sunday after 6 p.m. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements.
Rebecca Marie Bolling
Funeral services for Rebecca Marie Bolling will be held 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard Campbell and Rev. Eric Ramey officiating. The burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Eastern Heights Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. prior to the service. Those desiring may make memorials to the Special Education Department at Van Pelt Elementary School, Bristol Virginia. Email condolences may be sent to the family at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Bolling, 36, of 518 Lynnwood Drive, Bristol, Va., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002.
Addie Lee Scott Bouton
BRISTOL - Addie Lee Scott Bouton, 81, of 219 Arnold Way, Bristol, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at Johnson City Medical Center. Mrs. Bouton was born June 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Campbell C. and Bessie Miller Scott and was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. She was the widow of James E. Bouton, and attended Sinking Springs United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, Benny Bouton and his wife Sandra; two grandsons, Scott and Shane; four great-grandchildren, Greg, Kelly, Orlena and Avery; two sisters Mary Shadden and Charlotte Cornett; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 at 1 p.m. in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Billy Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in Shipley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Doug Gross, Ranny Rutherford, Phil Hawk, Garland Boyce, Bobby Humphrey, J.M. "Cotton" Gross and Greg Bouton. Honorary pallbearers are Clifton Woods, Donnie Greene and Clifford Arnold.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sinking Springs United Methodist Church, 280 VI Ranch Rd. Bristol, TN, 37620. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Weaver Funeral Home.
Timothy Byrd Fuller
HAYSI - Funeral services for Timothy Byrd Fuller will be Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Haysi Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell Milgrim. Burial will follow in the Byrd Fuller Cemetery at Haysi. George Boggs, P.D. Willis, Gary Edwards, Daniel Mullins, Freddy Stanley, Jerry Deel, Robby Deel and Jody Bill Powers will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Fuller, 39, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at his home.
Haysi Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mabel Harr Hayes
BLOUNTVILLE - The committal service for Mabel Harr Hayes will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Johnson Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons Todd Shipley, Scott Shipley, Johnny Moiser and Jeff Moiser, and great-nephews Sammy Ford and Tommy Salley. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Ford, Don Ford, Fred Ford, Ricky Ford, Ed Salley and Guy Moiser.
Mrs. Hayes, 85, died Sept. 5, 2002, at Greystone Health Care.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Edna P. Jenkins
DANTE - Edna Phillips Jenkins, 68, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at her daughter's residence.
She was a life long resident of Dickenson County. Her parents John and Alpha Phillips and her husband James E. Jenkins precede her in death, also preceding her in death are several brothers and sisters. She was of the Baptist Faith since 1955 and a member of the Martins Chapel Church since 1962.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Jimmy Robinson, St. Paul; one special grandson Tyler Robinson and step-grandson Kelly Robinson both of St. Paul; two brothers, Fred O. Phillips, Big Stone Gap and Darrell Phillips, Trammel, Va.; three sisters, Francis Stallard, Euron, Ohio, Beuna Vanover and Janice Martin both of Clintwood; three special cousins and caregivers Ruby Phillips, Verneal Phillips and Beulah Phillips of Dante; along with a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Edna Jenkins will be conducted on Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Martins Chapel Church with Rev. Avery Carty and Rev. Darrell Milgrim officiating. Burial will follow in the Jenkins Family Cemetery Rt. 1 Nora, Va. Pallbearers will be nephews and honorary pallbearers will be Dr. N.C. Ratliffe, Clarence Phillips, Clarence Bud Phillips, Bob Martin, Jack McCoy, Clynis Stallard and Clifford Vanover. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. at the Martins Chapel Church with a service at 7 p.m.
Clintwood Funeral Home is entrusted to the care of Edna Jenkins.
Irene Bentley Johnson
JENKINS, Ky. - Irene Bentley Johnson, 74, of Jenkins, Ky., passed from this life on Friday, Sept. 6, 2002.
She was born January 17, 1928 at Almira, Va. , and was the daughter of the late Milt and Rebecca Bentley of Pound.
Survivors include four children, Rhonda Rose of Shelby Gap, Ky., Michael W. Johnson of Jenkins, Ky., Sheila Church of King George, Va., and Rebecca Wright of Jenkins, Ky.; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Patton Bentley of San Antonio, Texas, and Bathus Bentley of Pound; several nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.
She was a faithful member of the Dorton Freewill Baptist Church and was a fifty year member of the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Jenkins, Ky.
She was a wonderful, loving mother and will greatly be missed by all.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 at 11 a.m. in the Polly and Craft Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Teddy Tackett, Rev. Clyde Bentley and Rev. Gary Kirby officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnson Cemetery at Marshall's Branch. Pallbearers include Jared Haley, Tony Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Jason Church, David Rose, Ivan Beverly, Rob Nickison and Elliott Anderson.
Funeral arrangements cared for by Polly & Craft Funeral Home Jenkins, Ky.
Elmer Ray Jones
GATE CITY - Elmer Ray Jones, 81, Gate City Highway, Bristol, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Wellmont Hospice House. Condolences and memories may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements especially for Mr. Jones will be announced by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
Mary G. Lester
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. - Funeral services for Mary G. Lester will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Larry Ramey officiating. Interment will follow at the Helbert Family Cemetery at Bastian, Va. Pallbearers will be Claude Musick, Jeremiah Musick, Joshua Maggard, Jeffrey Maggard, Harlan Lester, Jeffrey Murray and Gene Helbert.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.
Mrs. Lester, 67, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in a Tazewell hospital.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements.
Aldah T. McClaugherty
MARION - Alda Thompson McClaugherty, 98, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Marion Baptist Church, Marion Chapter No. 72 Order of the Eastern Star, and Blanche White Circle. Mrs. McClaugherty was retired from Western Union where she was the manager for 45 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Filmore Thompson and Leanna Schaub Thompson Linkous and her husband, J.C. "Mutt" McClaugherty. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Shyrlyn Leonard of Blountville; also great nieces include Amy Bunn of Blountville, Molly Millard of Bristol, and Tiffany Leonard of Blountville; as well as great nephews Michael McCall of Jacksonville, Fla., Mitchell McCall of Bluff City, and Nyle Leonard of Blountville. There are also several great-great nieces and nephews who survive. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 at 4 p.m. at Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the McClaugherty Family.
Edith Mae McGlothlin
HONAKER - Edith Mae McGlothlin, 92, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002. She was born in Tazewell County, the daughter of the late Ross and Ora Harris McGlothlin. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton McGlothlin; one granddaughter, Deborah Ann Ball; and sisters, Janie Whatley and Lena Belcher.
She is survived by two sons, Jim McGlothlin and Harry McGlothlin both of Honaker; two daughters, Linda Gaye Honaker of Lebanon, and Brenda Faye Lambert of Honaker; sisters, Mabel Combs of Honaker, Gedie Dotson of Rosedale and Helen Whitmore of Bristol Virginia; brothers Paul McGlothlin, Charlie McGlothlin and Bill McGlothlin all of Honaker. Ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clyde Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in the McGlothlin Family Cemetery Honaker.
The family will receive friends on Sunday after 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HILTONS ---- Verna Irene L. McMurray, 83, of Route 1, Hiltons, departed this life late Friday Sept. 6, 2002, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. She was a native of Mendota and a homemaker. She was an active member of Hiltons United Methodist Church, an active member of the United Methodist Women. She was a loving wife mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by daughter Beverly Ann McMurray; parents William M. Litton and Eliza Bell Wise Litton; and brother Charles Ray Litton.
She is survived by Husband Ervin S. McMurray of Hiltons; sons and daughter-in-law E. Keith and Jo Rita McMurray of Kingsport, Jerry McMurray Sr. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and Samuel M. McMurray of the home; grandchildren Leslie Kaye McMurray and Jerry Stephen McMurray Jr.; great-granddaughter Kendra Dingus McMurray; sisters Hazel Jarrett of Bluff City and Mae Moretz of Bristol Virginia; special friend Lori Garrett and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Hiltons United Methodist Church and any time at the residence. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. at the church with Pastor Will Shewey and Pastor Ken Pierce officiating. Music will be provided by Marsha Helton. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Gardeners Cemetery, Hiltons. The family will meet at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. to go to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hiltons United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 10, Hiltons, VA 24258. Scott County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred J. Sams
BRISTOL - Mildred J. Sams of Bristol Virginia died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete. Akard Funeral Home is in charge.
DALLAS, Ga. - Christy Wolf, 46, of Dallas, Ga. died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Born in Maury County, Tenn., she was owner and operator of Italian D'oro Coffee Bar of Atlanta. She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She was also a certified massage therapist.
She is survived by her parents, John and Frances Coppedge of Bristol Tennessee; her brothers, Michael Coppedge of Mishawka, Ind., and Whit Coppedge of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marietta with Rev. Frances West officiating.
Arrangements by Bellamy Funeral Home, Hiram.