Thelma H. Purcell
NORTON - Thelma Holcomb Purcell, 99, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at the Mecklenburg Healthcare Facility in Charlotte, N.C. Born to the late Elisha King and Flora Adams Holcomb, she was a long time resident of Norton and St. Paul, Va. She was the widow of Charles Ervin Purcell. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norton and attended St. John's Baptist Church after moving to the Charlotte area in 1989.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty Mullins and her husband Cecil Ray Mullins of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Patricia M. Acuff and her husband James of Knoxville and Cameron Ray Mullins and his wife Sheilah of Charlotte, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Johnathan Mullins; three nieces; and a nephew.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel in Norton with Morgan Bolling officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in Norton. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Norton, Ninth Street, North, VA 24273 or to St. John's Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204. Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton is serving the Purcell family.
Harold "Moe" Roe of Bristol Tennessee died Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Smyth County Hospital in Marion following a brief illness.
Mr. Roe was preceded in death by a son, Tony D. Roe and was an auto body repairman in the Bristol area for many years.
He is survived by a son, Tim Roe and wife Linda; and grandchildren, Jason and Latisha Roe.
Mr. Roe will be cremated and friends may call or express condolences at the home of Tim and Linda Roe, 356 Raytheon Road, Bristol, Tenn. There will not be a service or visitation at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur R. Sanders
COEBURN - Arthur R. Sanders went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol Tennessee.
Mr. Sanders was a retired coal miner of Pittston Coal Co., a member of U.M.W.A. and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson and Martha Victoria Burke Sanders.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Sanders; a son, Jimmy Ray Sanders, Coeburn; a daughter, Patsy S. Hall, Bristol Virginia; a brother, Bufford Sanders, Coeburn; four sisters, Eura Prince and Jean Laney, both of Hampton, Va.,. Mary Brickey of Dungannon, Va., and Lola Cooper, Maryland; two grandsons, Shone Sanders and Tim Sanders, both of Coeburn; two granddaughters, Pamela Carpenter, Havelock, N.C., and Lisa Hall, Bristol Virginia; a great-grandson, Cameron Carpenter; a great-granddaughter, Taylor Rae Sanders; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Estes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sammy Hall officiating. Entombment will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood. Visitation will be held at Estes Funeral Home on Friday after 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Lung Association or charity of choice.
CLINTWOOD - Elbert (Ebb) Sauls, 81, entered into eternal rest at his home in the Ramey Flats section of Dickenson County on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003.
A lifelong resident of Dickenson County, he was the son of the late Roy and Stella Deel Sauls. Other than his parents; four brothers, Glen, Jack, Carl and Guy Sauls; and one grandson, Larry Kenneth Hay preceded him in death.
Mr. Sauls was a member of the Cumberland Church of the Brethren for 22 years, a retired coal miner from Clinchfield Coal Corp. with over 40 years of service and a member of Local Union 7170. He had many loves in his life, the first being for his God, his wife, family and friends, including his fox hounds and special Bath County hunting buddies, Jack and Calvin Sullivan.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Betty B. Sauls; five stepsons, Edgar Stanley, Lester Stanley, Dale and Jessica Stanley, Garvis and Gay Stanley and Warren and Tammy Stanley, all of Clintwood; one daughter, Patricia Ann Coleman, Orange City, Fla.; two sisters, Helen (Tot) Honaker of Honaker and Nina (Sis) Yates of Abingdon; two "very special" grandchildren, Bradley Dean Stanley and Amanda Joyce Mullins of Clintwood; 17 other grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, from the Clintwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. L. Myers Mullins and Rev. Lester Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Sauls-Stanley Family Cemetery, Route 3, Sauls Drive, in Ramey Flats. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday at the Clintwood Funeral Home with a song service to follow at 7 p.m. Active pallbearers are Eric Keen, Jack Sullivan, Calvin Sullivan, Lester Stanley, Warren Stanley and Garvis Stanley. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Richard Grube, Dr. N.C. Ratliffe, Dr. McBride, Dr. Sarrouj and Dr. Marty Prince.
Clintwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Gardner R. Smith
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Gardner Rayford Smith, 37, 16015 Northwest Schendel, departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002.
Gardner Smith was born in Abingdon. He moved to Oregon after attending college there. He was a member of the Beaverton Police Force.
Survivors include: one son, Dominique Smith, 10 years of age, of Oregon; one brother, Charles James Smith III of Roanoke; one sister, Thaiese Syvette Smith of Salem, Va., his mother, Opal Smith of Glade Spring; his father, Gardner William Smith of Salem, Va.; and a host of family and friends.
The funeral service and visitation will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Fairview Baptist Church, Glade Spring, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Reverend Danny B. Belcher Sr. will officiate.
Interment will follow in Mt. Rose Cemetery. The Washington County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard will perform a 21-gun salute at the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Major Canty, Gary Coleman, Dennis Hill II, Daryl Coleman, Gary Wayne Coleman Jr. and Ronnie Montgomery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Prince Coleman, Elmer Johnson, Robert Hill and Curtis Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church.
Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is serving the Smith family.
Randy Jay Smith
Randy Jay Smith, 45, of 161 2nd Ave., Bristol, Tenn., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was a native of Bristol Tennessee and had returned to Bristol from Atlanta. He was a truck driver most recently employed by C&D Transport. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was preceded in death by his father, Joe Avery Smith.
Survivors include: mother, Charmie Mason; sisters, Kathy Cunningham of Kingsport and Karen Baines of Bristol Tennessee; brother, Michael Smith; several nieces and nephews; several stepchildren; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friend, Linda Keith.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Ray Cunningham officiating. Committal services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday following the service.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel H. Sproles
MENDOTA, Va. - Ethel H. Sproles, 82, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9,. 2003, in the Bristol Nursing Home.
Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Sproles. Arrangements are incomplete.
Billy Ray Thompson
NORTON - Billy Ray Thompson, 72, of McCoy Street, passed away early Thursday morning, Jan. 9, 2003, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee. He was born at Wise County, Va., and lived most of his life in Norton. Mr. Thompson had worked as a pipe insulator for Daniels Plumbing and Heating, Norton. He attended the First Pentecostal Church, Big Stone Gap, Va. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a son of the late Elbert S. and Polly Wilson Thompson, and was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Deidra Nicole Hutson; four sisters, Lizie Reider, Dovey Mullins, Beatrice Pegramn and Stella Culbertson; five brothers, Jack Thompson, Charlie Thompson, Ben Thompson, Roy Thompson and an infant brother.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Bolling Thompson, Norton; three daughters, Teena Coffey and Billie Jane Thompson, both of Norton, and Cheryl Hutson, Appalachia; one son, Adam Thompson, Norton; four grandchildren, Patricia Edwards, Jason Baker, Shanna Gilliam and Heather Coffee; three great-grandchildren, Abigail Edwards, Kain Baker and Brianna Gilliam; two sisters, Delia Parker, Columbia, S.C., and Bessie "Marge" Flanegan, Waterford, Mich.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Carty Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Carty officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Norton. Pallbearers will be family members and friends. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday at funeral home.
Funeral arrangements cared for by Carty Funeral Home, Norton-Wise.
SALTVILLE - Helen Callihan, 85, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital. A native of Smyth County, she was a lifelong resident of the North Holston community. She was the daughter of the late Lee and Alice Callihan. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Callihan, Fred Callihan and Early Callihan; and one sister, Edna Callihan Pitts. A graduate of Longwood College, she was a retired teacher, having taught in Rich Valley and Saltville schools for 42 years. Extremely active in civic and community life, she was a member of Riverview Presbyterian Church where she most recently served as trustee and treasurer. Past positions included Sunday school teacher, elder, clerk of the session and president of the women's circle group. She was a charter member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, most recently serving the organization as Marshall. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Smyth County Women's Republican Party, the Retired Teachers Association of Smyth County and the Southwest Club. She volunteered with the Smyth County Red Cross bloodmobile.
Survivors include a niece, Mary Helen Danforth of Tempe, Ariz.; nephew, Jack Pitts of Sebastopol, Calif.; and great-nephews Tony L. Surber of Glade Spring, Scott Surber of Waynesboro, Va., and Tracy Calliahn of Glade Spring.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at D.R. Henderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Cathy Hutton officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 till 8 p.m. Tuesday evening prior to the service or at the home of Tony and Gloria Surber, 445 Maple St., Glade Spring, Va. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Rose Cemetery with the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Members of the Eastern Star will participate in the graveside service. Pallbearers will be Tom Crawford, Harry McElraft, Mark Hartzog, Bill Rutledge, Randy Vaughn, Ricky Sessor, Ruby Henderson, Danny Henderson and Bradley Harper. Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Watson, Norman "Jiggs" Harris, Andrew Frye, Astor Blevins and Bill Lowery. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Presbyterian Church, 2353 Saltville Highway, Saltville, VA 24370. D.R. Henderson Funeral Home is serving the Callihan family.
Hobert L. Carter Sr.
RICH VALLEY - Mr. Hobert Leon Carter Sr., 84, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Bertha C. Carter, and grandson, Jimmy Holmes. Born June 23, 1917, in Smyth County, the son of the late Haynes and Vena Anderson Carter. He was a member of Chatham Hill Methodist Church, retired from U.S. Gypsum Co. after many years of service and was a loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Hobert L. "Junebug" Carter Jr. and wife, Mary, of Rich Valley; four daughters and sons-in-law, Ethena and Roger Hawkins of Rich Valley, Judy and Kyle Holmes of Rich Valley, Barbara Jo and David Fazelnia of Charlotte, N.C., and Jane and Tommy Hess of Saltville; two brothers, Wesley Carter of Emory and Don Carter of Tazewell; one sister, Mary Ellen Crabtree of Rich Valley; 14 grandchildren, Debbie Pickel, Melissa, Jeffrey and Michael Doane, Tammy Hogston, Bobby Holmes, Roya and Dara Fazelnia, Mark Carter, Tommy-Jon and Kimee Hess, Doug and Ronnie Hawkins and Missy Thompson; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ernest Yeatts and Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home prior to the service. Committal services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in Ridgedale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be H.C. Carter, Gayle Carter, Jimmy Carter, Gary Crabtree, Perry Medley and Larry Carter. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Sam Vernon.
Joe Paul Childs
NORTON - Joe Paul Childs, 51, passed away May 3, 2002, at Heritage Hall Health Care Center, Big Stone Gap, after a long battle with brain cancer. Joe was a longtime member of Speedway Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Paul Jennings Childs; paternal grandfather, John Wesley "Jack" Childs; and maternal grandparents, Jackson Smith and Irene Smith.
Joe is survived by his wife, Patsy Graham of Norton, where they resided for six years together; one daughter, Julieanna Childs of Indianapolis; one stepdaughter, Jill Graham-Mullins of Lexington, Ky.; one stepson, J.J. Graham II of Bulls Gap, Tenn.; one grandson, Hunter Graham of Lexington; paternal grandmother, Mae Childs of Coeburn; his mother, Debbie Joan Childs of Coeburn and Indianapolis; three brothers, Rev. Jackie Wayne Childs, Jimmie Wesley Childs and Donnie Harr, all of Indianapolis; one sister, Patricia Lynn Kirk of Indianapolis; eight aunts, Jeanette Childs Donelson, Rosemary Smith Funk, Ruby Smith Gouge, Jettie Smith Caldwell and Suzie Smith Salyers, all of Coeburn, Faye Smith Mullins and Joyce Smith Caldwell, both of Abingdon, and Carolyn Smith Armstrong of Richmond; one uncle, Delbert Smith of Abingdon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Carty Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2002, at the funeral home with Rev. Ferell Green and Rev. Chris Tweedell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia, 452 Orby Cantrell Highway, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 or to American Cancer Society, 205 W. Main St., Suite 23, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Arrangements cared for by Carty Funeral Home, Norton-Wise.
Funeral services for Christopher W. Crusenberry will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, at the graveside in High Point Cemetery with Dr. Howard Robinson officiating.
Mr. Crusenberry, 27, died Wedneseay, May 1, 2002, in Kingsport.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Claude Swanson Deel
VANSANT - Claude Swanson Deel, 68, of the Deskins area passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Buchanan General Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Dickenson County, he was the son of the late Silas Kilby and Ethel Lee Murdock Deel. He was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in the U.S. Army and was a retired coal truck driver and mechanic.
Mr. Deel is survived by his former wife, Martha Emojean Deel Yates of Prater, Va.; one son, Danny Claude Deel and wife, Pam, of Manchester, Ky.; three daughters, Mary Osborne and husband, Delmar, of Vansant, Sharon Stevenson and husband, Leon, of Grundy and Naples, Fla., and Connie Clevinger of Grundy; three brothers, Cecil Deel of Russell Fork River, Va., Glen Deel of Russell Fork River and Arville Deel of Council; six sisters, Edith Sykes of Council, Irene Boyd of Council, Gay O'quinn of Bee, Goldie Gilbert of Vinton, Ohio, Martha Presley of Richmond and Mettie Sullivan of Big A Mountain; eight grandchidlren; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 6, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelist Mike Rife officiating. Burial will follow in Silas Deel Family Cemetery at Russell Fork River.
Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Sunday evening at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. conducted by Pastor Denver Barton.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jackie Briggs, Bob O'Quinn, Jerry Farmer, Don Penley, Jackie O'quinn, Arthur Carl O'quinn, Karen Keene and Angel Deel.
Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by members of the John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred B. Fritts
Mildred I. Booher Fritts, 79, of Bristol Caverns Highway, Bristol, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Friday, May 3, 2002, at Cambridge House. She was born May 17, 1922, the daughter of the late William and Carrie Wilson Booher. Mrs. Fritts was a homemaker, lifelong resident of Bristol, member of Central Christian Church, the Loyal Bereans Sunday School Class and Lucy Roberts Circle. Mrs. Fritts was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Lane Fritts; and a son-in-law, Jim Arnold.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Elmer E. Fritts; children, Margaret Arnold, Larry Fritts and wife, Kay, Garry Fritts and wife, Cynthia, and Linda Cole and husband, Bob; grandchildren, April and husband, Jessee Murrell, June Fritts and Kenny Nelson; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Logan; brother, Cody Booher and wife, Nancy; special friend, Martin Arnold; special nieces Wilma Booher and Teresa Boyd; and several neices and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Central Christian Church with ministers Jeff Noah and Ross Damier officiating. Committal services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the graveside in Weaver Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Freddie Boyd, Eugene Booher, Tom Blaylock, Martin Arnold, Jessee Murrell and Don Smith. Honorary pallbearers are elders and deacons of Central Christian Church. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church or the Loyal Bereans Sunday School Class, 424 Melrose St., Bristol, TN 37620. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Central Christian Church. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge.
Dorothy S. Fulton
BLOUNTVILLE - Dorothy Frances Shepherd Fulton, 66, of Misty Waters died Friday, May 3, 2002, at home after a lengthy illness. She was born in Inman, Va., a daughter of the late Walter and Verdie Brewer Shepherd. She lived in Tampa, Fla., from 1971 until 1993, when she moved to Blountville. She was a member of Boone's Creek United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jesse Fulton of the home; two daughters, Yvonne Arnold Baldwin of Gray, Tenn., and Sandra Arnold Rutledge of Kingsport; a son, Tony Arnold of Kingsport; four sisters, Edna Rasnick, Mary Mahan, Nadine Suttle and Flo Johsnon, all of Marion, N.C.; three brothers, Walter "Bud" Shepherd of Marion and Paul Shepherd and Roy Shepherd, both of Bristol, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Daniel W. Arnold, Christina Arnold, Diva Rutledge, Dena Rutledge, Devin Rutledge, Emily R. Baldwin and Molly V. Baldwin; four stepchildren, Carolyn Little of Lexington, S.C., Julie Bryan of Challis, Idaho, Sharon Howgate of Jacksonville and Jimmy Fulton of Tampa; 11 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:45 Sunday evening at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Hensley and Rev. James Garland officiating. The committal service and entombment will be at 11 o'clock Monday morning in Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Medical Center Hospice, 1807 W. Market St., Johnson City, TN 37604 or the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley St., Suite 4, Johnson City, TN 37601. The family may be reached at the home of Yvonne and Ken Baldwin, 491 Rockingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, telephone (423) 477-4556. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Fulton have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home.
COUNCIL - Mr. Elbert Harris, 76, of the Combs Ridge section passed away Friday, May 3, 2002, in a Grundy hospital. Born March 31, 1926, in Buchanan County, he was a son of the late Hampton Harris and Ora Hurt Harris Johnson. A lifelong resident of the Council area, he was a member and deacon at Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church. A retired coal miner, he was employed by Pittston Coal Co. and was a member of UMWA Local 2079.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Carson Harris, Marion Harris, Hulett Harris, Hampton Harris Jr. and Stewart Harris; three sisters, Carmie Combs, Ethel Ball and Onie Ball; and one grandson, DeWayne Harris.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gracie Virginia Cook Harris of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Harris of Drill, Va., and Terry and Tabitha Harris of Council; three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Don Wampler of Vansant, Linda and Carl Gilbert of Bee, Va., and Wanda and Russell Dye of Swords Creek; 11 grandchildren, Robbie Harris, Logan Harris, Justin Harris, Kimberly Harris and her husband, Chris, Eric Wampler and his wife, Samantha, Carla Gilbert, Travis Gilbert and his wife, Cheryl, Lakin Gilbert, Janet Dye, Samantha Dye and Greg Dye; four great-grandchildren, Justin Taylor Harris, Sydney Harris, Jacob Gilbert and Christen Gilbert; one brother, Bernard Johnson of Council; and two sisters, Monnie Wilson of Council and Maude Johnson of Berwind, W.Va.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, with Rev. Giles Wilson and Rev. Giles Ball officiating. Interment will follow in Frank Smith Cemetery on Big A Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Brady Harris, Rodger Harris, Franklin Ball, Donald Ray Harris, Denver Owens, Elden Hess, Delano Wilson and William Rasnake.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and members of Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church.
Friends may call at Honaker Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Sunday, where an evening service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
James E. Henderson
Funeral services for James E. "Poppa" Henderson will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday in Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Austin Cook officiating. Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Mays, Oakley Buckles, Randy Medley, Roger Pollard, Ronnie Vaught and David Vaught. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Bradley, Matt Arrants and Jeff Gullion.
Mr. Henderson, 74, of 2332 Anderson St., Bristol, Tenn., died Thursday, April 2, 2002, in Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George G. Keys
ABINGDON - George G. Keys, 85, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002, at his residence from complications of Alzheimer's disease and a stroke. He was a native of Glade Spring and was the oldest son of Graham and Mae Allison Keys. Mr. Keys was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Jack and Bill Keys. He was a member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, where he served as treasurer, assistant treasurer, deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He retired from the U.S. Railway Mail Service in 1975 after serving 33 years. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with bachelor's and master's degrees. After retiring from the mail service, Mr. Keys was appointed to the faculty of the University where he taught electronics technology until 1987.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gladys James Keys of Abingdon; one daughter, Martha Keys of Nasvhille; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Campbell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Tolar Jr. and Dr. Robert Lominack Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Greenfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Campbell Funeral Home from 7-9 Monday evening.
Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, is in charge of arrangements.
Buster J. Lamie Sr.
RICHLANDS - Mr. Buster "Bud" J. Lamie Sr., 79, passed away Friday, May 3, 2002, in a Richlands hospital following a long illness. Born in Richlands, he was the son of the late John Henry and Carrie Reedy Cauldwell Lamie. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired coal miner. He was the former pastor of Doran Church of the Living God in Jesus Name and was a former truck driver for General Shale Corp.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Elizabeth Lamie; three sisters, Carrie Keen, Garnie Sherber and Ruby Cox; and two brothers, Dave Lamie and Bob Caldwell.
Mr. Lamie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Marian Elizabeth Thompson Lamie; three sons, John Lamie and wife, Shirley, of Richlands, James (Butch) Lamie and wife, Mary Jo, of Beaufort, S.C., and Buster Lamie Jr. and wife, Brenda, of Richlands; one daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Karen) Walls of Richmond; five sisters, Mrs. Hallie Nunley of Richlands, Mrs. Reva McHaferty of Roanoke, Mrs. Maggie Fields of Richlands, Mrs. Marie Wess of Richlands and Mrs. Annie Lowe of Cedar Bluff; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2002, in Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Revs. James Walls, Lloyd Walls and Michael Walls officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill. Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends. Casey-Shortt VFW Post 9640 and Tazewell County Chapter 31 D.A.V. will conduct military graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff from 6-9 p.m. Sunday.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is serving the Lamie family.
Brenda G. Lovern
ROANOKE - Brenda Louise Gill Lovern, 54, a native of Bristol, went to be with the Lord,Saturday, May 4, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sadie Gill; brother Fred Gill; and sister Frances Gill. She leaves behind a dedicated and loving husband Wayne H. Lovern; daughter Nancy D. Wilson; stepson Scott Brown; and grandson Derek G. Wilson, all of Roanoke; brothers Gene Gill of Bristol, Va., and Landon Gill of Roanoke; sisters Christine Slusher of Roanoke and Linda Horne and Peggy Denton, both of Bristol, Va.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Davon Huss will officiate. The family will receive friends at Oakey's North Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Special thanks to Dr. Gerald Shertz and Dr. Mark Hanabury Jr. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.
Bobbie Jo Mullins
McCLURE, Va. - Bobbie Jo Mullins, 30, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She had lived most of her life in Dickenson County. She was a 1990 graduate of Clintwood High School and a 1991 graduate of the Licensed Practical Nursing Program. She was a very dedicated and caring nurse.
Her survivors include her son and daughter, R.L. Mullins and Kaely Mullins, both of Wise; her mother, Pricilla Holyfield of McClure; her father, Bobby Joe Parkerson of Kingsport; two sisters and one brother, Vivian Holbrook of Dante, Denver Holyfield of St. Paul and Levinia "Biggen" Mullins of Haysi; special aunt and uncle, Ransom and Charlotte Meade; three very close friends, Jamie Johnson, Cecil Willis and Delilah Estavez; three nieces; and three nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Mullins Funeral Home Chapel with John McCarroll officiating. Burial will be in Rugsby Cemetery, Route 2, Coeburn. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Mullins Funeral Home Chapel for visitation.
Mullins Funeral Home is serving the family.
Pauline P. Salyer
NORTON - Pauline Pennington Salyer, 78, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, S.C. Born to the late Thomas Jefferson Pennington and Dora Cooke Pennington, she was formerly of the Needmore community near Norton. She was a retired nurse with St. Mary's Hospital in Norton and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. In 1969, she and her family moved to the Spartanburg area. She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith P. Fletcher.
Surviving are her husband, E. Alderson (Junior) Salyer; sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred (Ked) and Jean Salyer of Lunenburg Courthouse, Va., and David Martin and Karen Salyer of Spartanburg; two granddaughters, Angela Salyer and Kelly Salyer; brother John Pennington of Kingsport; sisters Georgia Johnston of Winter Springs, Fla., and Gertrude Baldwin of Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. Sunday at Hagy-Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Randy Sturgill officiating. Entombment will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Family and friends will gather by 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home to travel to the cemetery. The Salyer family is being served by Hagy-Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton.
Verbeth L. Shuman
ABINGDON - Verbeth Laurine Shuman, born Jan. 13, 1921 in New York City, passed away May 4, 2002. she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Adele Horowitz.
She attended Fagan School of Dramatic Arts in New York and moved to Abingdon in 1950. She was active in the theater, acting in local theater productions, including the Barter Theatre of Abingdon. She was a member of B'nai Sholom Congregation in Bristol, Tenn.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Shuman; a daughter, Leslie and son-in-law, Dr. Fred Kronz of Austin, Texas; a son, Kenny Shuman and daughter-in-law, Doris; and was the loving grandmother to Sidney Adele Clendenen Shuman.
There will be no visitation or service at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 246, Abingdon, VA 24212. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farris Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Shuman.