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Norton, Va.-Linda Lou McAvey, 71, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at home.

     She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., moved to Gainesville, FL in the late 1960’s, where she was a waitress at multiple restaurants there, and had lived in Pound, Va. and Norton, Va. since 2000.  She loved to crochet and write in calligraphy style.  She enjoyed her nights of Bingo with the Norton Fire Department.  Linda was a Christian.

     Preceding her in death were her husband, Larry McAvey; parents, Duard and Frances (Winters) Benson, Sr.; and a sister, Judy Mullins.

     Surviving are her daughter, Terry Mullins (Aaron); grandchildren, Tabitha Adams and Gabriel Mullins; brother, Duard Benson, Jr. (Jenny); and a sister, Sue Benson.

     Arrangements were private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. McAvey’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Betty B. Baker, 81, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at her home, following a lengthy illness.

     She was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, a homemaker and was of Holiness faith.

     Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Huston Everett Baker; son, Andy Baker; parents, Andy Lee and Mary Ethel (Lawson) King; sister, Irene Ferrell; brother, Henry King; and son-in-law, Dillard “Leeroy” Fannon.

     She is survived by her children, Mabel McConnell (Mike), Appalachia, Va., Donna Gibson (Mark), Emmie Carnes (Ray), J. C. Baker, and Mary “M.J.” Fannon, all of Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Timmy McConnell, Mindy Hale, Loire Baker, Jonathan Gibson and Cassie Carnes; great grandchildren, Destiny Stover, Emily Hale, Morgan Baker, Emma Baker, Timothy Baker and Jaxton Gibson; brothers, Don King (Teri), Land O’ Lakes, Fl. and Jimmy King (Joanie), Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

     Special thanks to Caring Touch, Pound, Va. and Heritage Hall-Big Stone Gap, and Abbie Mullins, for her exceptional care of Betty.

     Final arrangements are private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Baker family.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Keokee, Va.-William Clayton Allen, 87, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.

     He lived most of his life in Keokee, Va.  He worked at his family’s business, Allen’s Grocery, in Appalachia, Va., worked at McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. for several years and was owner/operator of Leisure Lanes Bowling Alley in Big Stone Gap, Va.  Clayton proudly served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War era.  He was of Baptist faith.

     Clayton was preceded in death by a great grandchild, Aiden Smith; parents, Phillip and Effie (Hensley) Allen; cousin, who was like a brother, Vernon Allen; and the mother of his two children, Charlotte (Barker) Allen.

     Surviving is his wife of 24 years, Watana Allen; two daughters, Stephanie Jervis (Jimmy) of Andover, Va. and Ramona Smith (Earl) of Keokee, Va.; four stepchildren, Kenneth Warfe (Mary), Keokee, Va., Robert Warfe (Krystal), Kingsport, Tn., Marlena Owens (Spencer) and Crystal Zeppa (Eddie), all of Big Stone Gap; nine grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and ten great-great grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Lobiondo (Tom) of Smith, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 6pm to 7pm, Friday, December 6, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Avenue, W.) in Big Stone Gap. A memorial service will follow at 7pm with Rev. Bob Maggard officiating.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Allen family.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Albertine “Johnnie” Watkins, 95, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

    She was the only child of Walter and Maudella (Hammonds) Hughes. She lived her entire life in Big Stone Gap where she touched many lives and made so many people smile.  In her travels she was always a goodwill ambassador for her hometown.  She worked seven years at Wal-Mart, 15 years at the Plaza Drug Store and 43 years at the Mutual Drug Store where she earned her nickname, “The Pie Lady.”  Johnnie and her two best friends Dorothy Fritz and Louise Shupe covered many miles together as the “Golden Girls.”  She and her “bestest” friend and adopted grandson, Travis Stidham, spent many days discussing generational differences and settling world crises.  Johnnie and her caretaker, Debbie Elliott, shared many wonderful days filled with laughter and fun.  Johnnie attended Zion Chapel Church her entire adult life.

    She was preceded in death by her daughter, Belinda Collier; and her son, Gary Watkins.

    She is survived by her daughter, Alethia and husband, William Belcher; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Morgan, Krista Raper and Monica Collier; and great grandchildren, Devon Morgan Hunter Stapleton, Ethan Bloomer, Connor Bunch, Cannon Bunch.

     The family will receive friends 10am to 1pm Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap. Funeral services will follow with Rev. Jimmy Qualls and Evangelist Buddy Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers will be:  Alex Richardson, Jamie Richardson, Connor Bunch, Cannon Bunch, Ethan Bloomer and William Derwin.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Johnnie Watkins’ family.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

 

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East Stone Gap, Va.-Thomas “Tom” Dickenson, 70, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     Tom worked for many years in the maintenance department of Lonesome Pine Hospital.  He was a member of the National Locksmith Assn. and founding owner of Lonesome Pine Lock and Key.  Tom was well known for his woodworking.  He was a master craftsman and built and donated many musical instruments to local organizations for fundraising events.  He was of Baptist faith

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Vincent and Mary Sue (Register) Dickenson; brothers, Charles Dickenson and Robert Edward Dickenson.

     Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Deanna Dickenson; sons, Shannon Dickenson (Dawn), Wise, Va. and Anthony Dickenson (Tracy), East Stone Gap; grandchildren, Cole Thomas Dickenson and Emily Shea Dickenson; sisters, Wanda Sorah (Don), Etta Pleasant (Kenny), Pam Stacy (Herbert), all of Big Stone Gap, Debbie Dickenson and Sarah Reynolds, Dryden, Va.; two brothers, Mike Dickenson (Holly), Big Stone Gap and Jerry Dickenson, Gainesville, Fl.; and several nieces and nephews. 

      The family will receive friends 5pm to 7pm Monday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  Funeral services will follow at 7pm with Pastor Alan Collier officiating.

      Final disposition will be private.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to the family to asset with final expenses .

       Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Dickenson family

Coeburn, Va.-Kathy Denise Stallard, 66, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at her home.    Arrangements were private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Big Stone Gap, VA – James Allen Southard, 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at his home. He was born in Dickenson County, but had lived in Wise County most of his life.  He had been a coal truck driver for many years.  Mr. Southard served in the U.S. Air Force.  He was very knowledgeable and enjoyed discussing the history of coal in our area.  

   He was preceded in death by his grandson, Vincent Falante; parents, Will Ray and Pauline (Scott) Southard; his brothers, Tom and Robert Southard and his sisters, Katherine Howard, Phyllis Gilliam and Bookie Southard.

  James is survived by his wife, Beulah Southard; his children, Jimmy Southard (Amy) of Rogersville, TN, Theresa Gail Southard of Kingsport, TN and Paul Douglas Southard of Nicklesville, VA; his grandchildren, Christopher Southard, Greyson Southard, Tony Falante, Brianna Southard, Maddie Southard and Drayden Southard; and several nieces and nephews.

   The family will receive friends on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, VA.  Services will follow in the chapel with Glenda Flanary officiating.   Final arrangements will be private.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of James Southard.

   To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Appalachia, Va.-Sharon Kay Johnson, 70, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019, at her home in the Osaka Community.

     She lived most of her life in the Roda and Osaka Communities of Appalachia, Va., a former owner of Drinking from the Saucer Restaurant in Appalachia, a devoted caregiver of her son, Marvin and she was a Christian.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Leona (Lewis) Gollaway; sisters, Debra Woods, Charlotte Maggard, Irene Gollaway, Dorothy Boyd and Linda Gollaway; and brothers, Bobby and Charles Gollaway.

     Surviving are her sons, Robert Hylton, Stonega, Va. and Marvin Hylton, of the home; daughters, Lisa Phillips (Tim), Big Stone Gap, Va. and Nickie Hylton of Oregon; grandchildren, Hailey Holyfield (Isaac), Nicholas Cason and Bryar Cason; sisters, Nancy Hunter and Leila Reinersman, both of Big Stone Gap; brother, Ronnie Gollaway of Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

     Arrangements were private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Johnson’s family.

Wise, Va.-Darrell Eugene Fogarty, 47, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Norton Community Hospital.  He had been a resident at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise for the past few years.

     He lived most of his life in Wise County, was a truck driver for a construction company and was of Baptist faith.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Tyler Eugene Fogarty; and his father, Eugene Fogarty.

     Surviving are his mother, Phyllis Wade Colvard of Norton, Va.; two sisters, Trudy Fogarty of Wise and Tresa Van Dyke (Brian) of Concord, NC; and one niece and three nephews.

     A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at the Faith Freewill Baptist Church, 4647 Dorchester Rd., Norton, Va., with Pastor Lars Dorton officiating.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Fogarty’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Patsy Ann Mutter, 78, wife of Reverend Ronnie Mutter, has gone to Glory, Wednesday November 6, 2019, at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Patsy was the daughter of Worley and Dorothy Hopson of Johnson City, Tennessee and was the oldest of three children with younger brothers Larry Hopson (wife Betty Jane & family) and Bruce Hopson (Mary and family). She was the mother of five children, Randy Mutter, Joe Mutter, Connie Hislop, Amy Lorae Moore and Jeanna Mutter.

      Patsy and Reverend Ronnie R. Mutter have served in ministry for 47 years and have served the following churches: Stone Dam UMC and Afton UMC, Greenville, TN, White Pine UMC, White Pine TN, Daisy UMC, Soddy Daisy, TN, Clapp’s Chapel UMC, Corry, TN, First UMC, Pearisburg, VA, Cawood UMC and Well Springs UMC, Lafollette, TN, Clintwood UMC, Clintwood, VA, McClure UMC, McClure, VA, Trinity First UMC, Big Stone Gap, VA and Heritage Church of God, Big Stone Gap, VA.

      Patsy is survived by her husband of 63 years, The Reverend Ronnie Mutter; son, Karen and Randy Mutter, grandson, Trea, wife Brandy, and their children: Mykaela Reed, Earl Reed, Marcus Reed, grandson, Brandon, grandson, Trevor, wife Hannah, children Ella and Ollie, grandson, Trent, wife Anna, children:  Ryleigh, Rowan, Sawyer, grandson, Kyle, wife Chelley, children:  Kylie, Karlee, Kinley, grandson, Nathan, granddaughter, Kayleigh, grandson, Tyler and grandson, Devon, son, Kelli and Joe Mutter, daughter, Connie Hislop and grandson, Grant Hislop, and Amy Lorae Moore (deceased), grandson Andrew Kerr and great granddaughter, Karma Lorae Kerr; daughter, Jeanna Ann Mutter; brother, Larry Hopson and wife, Betty Jane and family; and many other extended family members.

      Patsy leaves a testament as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. Along with Ronnie, Patsy led and served with distinction. She spent her talents to humbly serve our Lord, family, friends and community. Her achievements were too many to list. Her beautiful voice, smile and acting ability graced many host churches across the years. She is especially known for her portrayal of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, a one-person dialogue presented as Mary tells the story of her Son Jesus. 

     Words cannot adequately express the void that remains after her passing. Her ability to light up any room with kindness and her determination to get the job done is an example to follow. Heaven is a better place with her there and we are all invited to meet her there on that wonderful shore.

We will see you soon. 

      A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at the Heritage Church of God, 775 Wood Ave, E., Big Stone Gap, Va.  Following the service, lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Patsy Mutter’s family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the:  Heritage Church of God Building Fund, 775 Wood Ave., E., Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Lucy Sanger Robinson, 74, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

      She was born in Shawsville, Va. to the late Samuel and Mollie (Walker) Sanger, lived her early years in Blackstone, Va. and had resided in Big Stone Gap for most of her adult life.  She was an Extension Technician with 4-H Youth Development in Wise, Va. for nearly 25 years.  She was an animal rescuer, including all types of “critters,” as she called them. Lucy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap.

      She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Douglas Robert “Doug” Robinson; her children, Douglas Robert Robinson, Jr. (Shelly), Merritt Island, Fl., Amy Robinson Broskey, High Springs, Fl. and Samuel Garth Robinson (Pam), Big Stone Gap; three grandchildren, Drae Robinson, Jacob Broskey and Gavin Broskey; two step-grandchildren, Saretha Mathers and Haley Broskey; brother, Fred Sanger, Jr. (Carol); sister, Jamie Hawley, all of Blackstone, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 4:30pm to 6:00pm Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap.  A memorial service will follow at 6:00pm with Rev. Robert Burlingham officiating.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Robinson family.

Big Stone Gap, VA-Carolyn Kay Barnett, 64, went home to her Jesus on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, after her battle with cancer.

     She attended Faith Rock Church in Big Stone Gap and worked at The Country Inn for over 20 years, where she touched many lives.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Audrey (Hicks) Wells; sister, Nila “Doodle” Morelock, Joan White and Linda Wells; and brothers, Tommy, Jackie, and Johnny Wayne Wells.

     She is survived by her loving children, Rachel and Mark Jones, Jennifer Hall and Christopher and Elisha Barnett; grandchildren, Hope, Bre Anna, Trey and Kristen; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Troy and Maxine Wells, Jake and Liz Wells; sisters, Teresa Fisher, Gail and Hagan Davis; and a host of nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to Stacey Bishop and Chris Barnett for their loving kindness and devotion.

     The family will receive friends from 11am to 1pm Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap.  Services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Hagan Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, Va.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barnett family.

Coeburn, Va.-Barbara Jean Counts, 49, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at her home.    Arrangements were private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements

 

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Rocky Mount, Va./Exeter, Va.-Margie Clark Stump, 73, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

     She was born and raised in Exeter, Va., a 1964 graduate of Appalachia High School, Service Manager for Sears in Big Stone Gap, Va. for many years, and had resided in Rocky Mount for over 25 years.

     Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Hansford Noah Stump; and her parents, Cecil and Grace (Qualls) Clark.

     Surviving are her sister, Carol Amos and husband Wallace of Bristol, Va.; brother, Norman Clark and wife, Shelia of Jonesville, Va. and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W. in Big Stone Gap, Va.  The service will follow at 7:00pm with Rev. Michael Stump officiating.

     Entombment services will be conducted at 11:00am Friday at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.  The family and friends will assemble at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. Friday.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Stump’s family.

    To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.  

Appalachia, Va.-Gary Joe Heilsberg, 82, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Colfax, Wa., lived in Jackson, Ky. for several years, and had lived in the Appalachia/Big Stone Gap area for the past 16 years.   In Kentucky, he was a Professor of Theater Arts at Lees Junior College in Jackson. While living in Wise County, he was an In-Home Health Attendant to people of need.  He always aspired to make everyone he met a happier person.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewald and Gertrude (Mohr) Heilsberg; and his siblings.

     Mr. Heilsberg is survived by his daughter, Anne Killian Heilsberg of Chicago, IL and special friend, Chris Riggs

     Services are private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve his family.

Big Stone Gap, VA-Mary Hazel “Pete” Rich, 61, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

     She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Rich; and a sister, Gladys Coffee.

     Surviving are her son, Roy Brandenburg (Carla), Haysi, Va.; her grandchildren, Dakota Stallard, Kaden Stallard, Cloia Brandenburg, Joe Brandenburg, Sullivan Brandenburg, and Lillyanne Brandenburg; fiancé, Donald Whitt, of the home; siblings, Ed Rich, Bob Rich (Sharlean), Bill Rich (Sandra), Tresia Coomer (Ken) and Teresa Williams, all of Big Stone Gap; and Jeff Rich (Norma) of Woodway, Va.;  and several nieces and nephews.

     A memorial service will be conducted 12 noon Wednesday in the Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Rich’s family.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Duffield, VA, Sonny Bishop, 64, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA.  He was a lifetime resident of the Jasper Community and worked as a Loader Operator with Humphrey’s Enterprises, Inc.  He was of the Baptist faith and loved to hunt and fish.

     Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Bishop, his brother, Kenneth Bishop, Jr., and his sister, Una Stanley.  He is survived by his children, Mashonda Bishop, Rogersville, TN, Timothy Todd Bishop, Duffield, VA, mother, Marie Gilliam Bishop, Duffield, VA; brothers and sisters, Willard Bishop, Jimmy Bishop, Berda Wallen, and Loretta James all of Duffield, VA.  He is also survived by his grandchildren: Katelyn, Courtney, Timothy Tyler, Ales, Jasmine, and Makayla; great grandson, Kaden Tyler; and his companion, Sheila Doan, of the home.

     Visitation will be Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5-7pm at Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel, 618 Wood Ave. W. Big Stone Gap, VA.  The funeral services will follow at 7pm with Pastor Johnny Bishop officiating.  Music will be provided by Danny Cobb.  Graveside services will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11am at the Meredith Cemetery, Jasper, VA.  Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery by 10:50 am Saturday.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the family of Sonny Bishop.

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Big Stone Gap, VA – Lucy Bernice Herron Gibson, 90, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at her home.  Bernice was born in Sigma, VA on November 24, 1928.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Bernice loved reading her Bible, working in her flowers, embroidering and making quilts.  She worked at Powell Valley High School for 26 years.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carson A. Gibson; her parents, Abraham and Ethel (Lawson) Herron; her in-laws, Newton (Jock) and Jane Gibson and her brothers, Lonnie, Ellis, Troy and Lucian Herron; her sisters, Retha Fleenor, Lorine Herron, Dorothy McMurray, Arnette Garrett and Pat McAlister and her grandson-in-law, Scottie Estep.

  Those left to cherish her memories are her son, Gilford Gibson, of the home; her daughters, Carolyn Clifton (Norman), of Big Stone Gap and Paulette (J.E.) Morris of Appalachia; her five grandchildren, Eric Hicks, Brent Gibson, Christy Chandler, Tabitha Estep and Emily Gibson; her great-grandchildren, Robbie, Tori, Bailey, Ryan, Gracie, Patton, Dillon, Allison, Emma, Haylee, Tarron, Abbie, Ava, Colton and Blake; her brothers, Joe (Donna) Herron of Harrogate, MI, Larry (Alice) Herron of Dryden, VA and Abraham (Cathy) Herron of Cleveland, VA and her special friends, Charlotte Griffin, Nancy Kilgore and Marie Masters.

   The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 12:00-2:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Funeral services will follow with Pastor James Holcomb officiating.   Following, Bernice will be laid to rest at Glencoe Cemetery in Big Stone Gap, VA.

   Serving as pallbearers will be Eric Hicks, Brent Gibson, Robbie Gibson, Bailey Gibson, Colton Estep and Blake Estep.  Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Gibson and Tarron Malla.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Gibson family.

   To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Georgia Oaks Thompson passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     Georgia was born to Orbin Oaks and Maude (Zeeks) Oaks Lewis on Feb. 8, 1936.  She was a strong woman of God.  The faith she exhibited was truly an inspiration to her family and all that knew her.  She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She had such a wonderful sense of humor, and a heart pure of gold.  She had such a way of loving anyone unconditionally, just as Jesus does.  She never thought someone didn’t deserve love and respect.  She was there for anyone who needed her.  Even through her illness, she cared very deeply for others, especially her family. Georgia was a warrior for God. She went through many trials in her life, but never wavered from her faith.  It is a great comfort to know that she is now with all of her loved ones that have passed before her.  What a reunion that is!

     She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray A. Thompson; her beloved son, Allen Ray Thompson; grandchildren, Howard Ray, Timothy Guy, Jackie Joe and Misty Dawn; brothers, Garland Oaks, Roy Oaks, Eddie Oaks and Jim Oaks; sisters, Audrey Oaks Grove, Sue Carmack and Irma Bush; and a son-in-law, Donnie Hamilton.

     Georgia is survived by daughters, Joyce Thompson Hamilton and Jennifer Thompson and daughter-in-law, Paula Thompson, all of Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Tina (Greg) Falin, Melissa (Jason) Kendrick, Tara (Jason) Stone, Michael (Samantha) Thompson and Jordan Thompson; great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Haley, Payton, Sieara, Matthew, Shawn, Patrick (PJ), Tyson and Allison.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday (Oct. 28, 2019) at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., in Big Stone Gap.  The service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Dalton and Steve Maddox, officiating.

     Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends will assemble at the funeral home by 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, to go in procession.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.orgor National League of POW/MIA Families, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, VA 22041.

      The family will serve as pallbearers.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Thompson’s family.

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Big stone Gap, Va., Samuel Edward Beason, 70, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Bristol Hospice House in Bristol, TN.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and was a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Company.

     Mr. Beason was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Dorothy DeBoard Beason, son, Joseph Graham Beason, brother, Kenneth Beason, and sisters, Doris Vaughn and Susie Mullins; brother-in-law, Michael Coleman. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Cathy Beason of the home, his daughter, Amanda June Williams (Travis), Big Stone Gap, VA, brothers: Nick Beason. Kingsport, TN, Tommy Beason (Susie), Benny Jo Beason (Linda), Robbie Beason all of Big Stone Gap, VA; sisters Debbie Gilley (Dennis) and Joyce Vaughn (JJ), Big Stone Gap, VA; sister-in-law, Frances Jean Mullins, Big Stone Gap, VA, sister-in-law, Darlene Coleman, Morristown, TN, and brother-in-law David Charles Coleman (Connie), California. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Mackenzie Williams, Greyson Williams, Conner Williams, Trey Williams, Kerrigan Beason and Elijah Beason; also a host special family members and friends.        

     A graveside service will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Road, Big Stone Gap, VA. at 2:30pm.  Graveside services will be accorded by local VFW and DAV posts and the Virginia National Guard Honors Team. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. 

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the family of Samuel Edward Beason.

     

Big Stone Gap, VA – Ewing Carthel “E.C.” Rines, 91, passed away peacefully, to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at his residence.   He had been a supervisor with the Mine Safety and Health Administration and had served his country in the Merchant Marines.  He loved gardening and was a member of Christian Life Church. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Corbett and Ollie Bledsoe Rines; his brothers, Leonard “L.C.” Rines, Carl Edward Rines and Charles Ray Rines; his sisters, Brownie Coffey and Claudia Belton and his canine companion, Maddie.

   E.C. is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Nila Rines; his sons, Terry Rines (Jonnie Lynn) and Gary Rines, both of Big Stone Gap, VA; his grandchildren, Amber Murdock (Cody), Jill Ashby (Don), Holly Rines, Nathan Rines (Virginia); and his great-grandchildren, Tate, Maverick, Jude, Emerie, Brooks, Greyson, Kennedy, Seth, Nate, Abby and Isaac.

   The family will receive friends on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Christian Life Church, 103 E. 27thSt. S, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Funeral services will follow with Pastor Mike Dalton, Rev. Larry Coeburn and Dr. Nick Brewer officiating. 

   Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Christian Life Church to leave at 12:30 p.m. to travel in procession to the cemetery.  Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

   To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rines Family.

Big Stone Gap, VA – Willard Eugene Fleenor, 97, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII, having served in the Co. A, 390thInfantry in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and was retired from Pet Dairy, Inc after 37 years of service. He recently was a supervisor for the Town of Big Stone Gap Parks and Recreation for over 30 years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap. 

   Willard had a great relationship with the young people of Big Stone Gap.  He was one of Union High School’s biggest fans and supporters. 

    Preceding him in death were his wife of 68 years, Julia Ashe Fleenor; parents, Arthur and Saphrona Osburn Fleenor; brother, Arthur Fleenor; sisters, Ann Gray, Hazel Collier, Helen Harkleroad, Veda Pleasant and Lillian Fleenor.

    Willard is survived by three sons, Randall E. Fleenor, Sr. (Cathy) and Kevin S. Fleenor (Lori), both of Big Stone Gap, and Jeff L. Fleenor, Sr. (Susan) of Brookwood, AL; grandchildren, Katie Gibson (Dan), Jennifer Malacane (Eric), Emily Smith (Warren), Randall Fleenor, Jr., Jeffrey Fleenor, Jr., Scott Fleenor and Brieann Lawson (Ethan); thirteen great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Tammy Grimes and Ann Cubine.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 108 Wood Ave., E., in Big Stone Gap.  The service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Dr. Garrett Sheldon officiating.

     Military graveside rites, by the Va. National Guard Honors Team and local V. F. W. and D. A. V. posts, will be accorded 11:00 a.m. Friday at Glencoe Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the church by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be members of the 2019 Union High Football Team.  Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Turner and Kyle Redman.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Fox, Jr. V.F.W. Post #5715, c/o Joe Rasnick, P. O. Box 55, East Stone Gap, Va. 24219 or First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 196, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fleenor family.

Roy Eugene Yeary, 75, of Woodbridge, VA, and formerly of Roda, VA, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 14th 2019. 

   Roy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, devoted Christian of the Central Baptist Church, Woodbridge, Va., and avid Washington Redskins fan.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Yeary and Ethel Collins Flannery; sister, Lucy Taylor; and brothers, Carl, Dewey and Alvin Yeary.

   Roy is survived by his wife of 41 years, Wanda Taylor Yeary; daughters, Maria Pierson and Letha Yeary, her husband, Matthew; son, Roy Yeary II and stepson, Brian Jennings, his wife Stephanie, and sister Jewel Carter. 

   Visitation will be held at Appalachia Pentecostal Church, 340 Oak Street, Appalachia, VA 24216 on Saturday, October 19th 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00pm. The funeral service will follow with Dr. Roy Smith officiating.  Burial services will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap, Va.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association at ALZ.org.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Yeary family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Michael Anthony Day, age 57, lost his battle with cancer but won the war of life when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Throughout his illness, Michael found strength in prayer, phone calls, and videos from friends and family. A 1980 graduate from Dryden High School, Michael maintained strong life-long relationships with former classmates.  After graduation, Michael served his country as a member of the Virginia National Guard.

    Michael’s passion throughout his adult life was to mentor and influence the youth of our community through coaching.  Those who played basketball for Michael describe him as kind, patient, and understanding, leaving lasting impressions on many.  When his coaching days were over, Michael continued to stay connected to the youth through officiating.  Highlighting his officiating career was the opportunity to work with his brothers Randall and Jeff.   Michael also loved playing softball, fishing, NASCAR, Tennessee Volunteers, and spending time with his family at the lake.

    Michael was preceded in death by his father, Kermit Day and sister-in-law, Carolyn Day.  He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Vicky, sons Justin (Iris Hill) Day, Big Stone Gap, Jarred (Jesse) Day, Kingsport, TN., Granddaughter, Shelby Day, Big Stone Gap.  He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Day, Norton, VA., siblings Randall Day, Rick (Tammy) Day, Jeff (Elaine)Day, all of Dryden, VA., Stephen (Regina) Day, Jon (Michelle) Day, of Big Stone Gap, VA., Karen (David) Gilliam, of Sewanee, TN., mother-in-law, Linda (Johnny) McClanahan of Kingsport, TN., several nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave, W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.  The funeral service will follow with Pastor Paul Davis and Rev. Randy Carter officiating.

    National Guard Honors Team and local VFW and DAV posts will provide military rites at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20 a.m. Monday to go in procession.

     Serving as pallbearers are Chris Day, Jason Day, Brandon Gilliam, Nathan Gilliam, Wes Day, Jacob Day, Smith Reasor, and John Wade.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Michael to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

    Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve Michael Day’s family.

New Tazewell, TN, Big Stone Gap, VA, Janet LynnThacker,67, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the University of TN Medical Center, Knoxville, TN.  She was currently employed by Cedar Grove Marina as a Sales Representative.  Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Margaret Jean Thacker, and her grandmother, Reba Yeary.

     Janet Lynn is survived by her children, Jamie Mullins, and husband, Chuck Minton, New Tazewell, TN, and Lance Yeary, fiancée, Bobbie Bowman Big Stone Gap, VA.  The family would like to thank the staff of the University of Tennessee Medical Center for their care and compassion.

     Arrangements are private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Janet Lynn Thacker.

     You may go online to view obituaries and offer condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Big Stone Gap, VA – Janet Marie Giles Gilliam, 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center.  She was born on July 4, 1933 in Harlan, KY, but lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was self-employed, an owner of Gilliam Enterprises and Gilliam Funeral Home, and a member of First Christian Church in Big Stone Gap.  She loved to travel, see plays, and paint arts & crafts.  She loved to visit people, and have people visit with her. She was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Big Stone Gap Order of the Eastern Star #157.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Thelma Giles; sister, Barbara Jean Giles and sister-in-law, Willa Jean Giles.

   Janet is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Carl Gilliam; her children, Brenda Adams (David) and Rick Gilliam (Sherry); her brother, Carl Ed Giles, of Harlan, KY; her grand-children, Matthew Grubb, Travis Grubb (Melissa); Erica Hillman (Blake) and Logan Gilliam (Carly); her great-grandchildren, Tristan Grubb (Tori), Gage Grubb, Marley Grubb and Eden Hillman; several nieces, nephews and friends and by her canine grand-dogs, Kloe, Sadie and Eli.

   The family will receive friends on Friday, October 4, 2019, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave West, Big Stone Gap, VA.  The funeral service will follow with Greg Townsend and Dr. Roy Smith ministering. An Order of the Eastern Star Service will be conducted by the Big Stone Gap Chapter #157.

   Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 11:00 am in Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap.  Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession at 10:30.

   Condolences may be sent to gilliamfh@gmail.com.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory, Big Stone Gap, VA is in charge of arrangements.

Appalachia, VA, Rose June Harvey, 67, went to be with her Lord & Savior Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at her home in Appalachia, VA.  She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Health Care Industry.

     Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin Milton & Carlethia Collier Boltz, her brothers, Franklin Milton Boltz, Jr. & Sammy Leon Boltz, and her sisters, Wilma Jean King, and Virginia Ruth Hall.  She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Gary Harvey, of the home, her sons: Gary Allen Harvey, Jr. (Melissa), Charlotte, NC, and Jason Matthew Harvey (Olivia), Big Stone Gap, VA, her sister, Kathy Boltz Kelly, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Also surviving her are a grandchild, Gabrielle Harvey, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

     Visitation will be Friday, September, 13th, 2019 from 5pm-7pm with the funeral following visitation.  The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Jason Myers of Johnson City, TN.  Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00pm, Saturday, September, 14th, 2019.  Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Rose Harvey.

     You may go online to visit the obituary and offer condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Stone Gap, VA - Barry Horner passed away at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. Arrangements are private. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. 

Big Stone Gap, VA, Vickie J. Pearcy, 66, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  Vickie was employed by the Department of Motor Vehicles as a C.D.L. Examiner for many years.  She was of the Baptist Faith.

     Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Mildred Keesee Smith, and brother, Evan Smith.  She is survived by her loving husband, Fred Pearcy and son, Frederick Loyd Ryan Pearcy; sisters, Jane Cox and Diane Hollyfield (Danny); one niece and several nephews.  She is also survived by her Best Friend Forever, Trina and good friends, Donnie, Pattie, and Judy,  along with a host of other friends.

     Arrangements were private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Vickie J. Pearcy.

     

Wise VA -  Kyle Gardner passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at his residence with his family by his side. Mr. Gardner was a retired mechanic having worked at Super Service, Witt Motor Co., Legg Ford Sales, and Wise County Public Works Department.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Kyle was of the Christian Faith. He loved the Lord, his family, reading his Bible, hunting and fishing. A special thanks to Caris Health and especially Lynn and Andy. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Milford & Oma Bowman Gardner, sister, Shirley Bolling, and brother, Edison Gardner.

     Mr. Gardner is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Carter Gardner, his son, Mark Gardner, and his daughter, Kim Hodges (Dale) all from Wise, VA.  Also surviving Kyle are his grandchildren: Alex Hall, Noah Hall, and William Gardner; Two granddaughters, Destiny Gardner, Cierra  Gardner, and Two great-granddaughters, Sophia Fleming and Amara Harding; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     The family will receive friends Friday, September 20, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, Big Stone Gap, VA. The funeral service will follow with Jack Blanton officiating.  Final arrangements will be private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Kyle Gardner.

     You may go online to visit the obituary and leave condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Big Stone Gap, VA,  Steven Franklin “Nitro” McFarland, 58, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September, 22, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones, after an extended illness. 

    He had retired as a foreman with Bressee Trucking Company serving the coal industry.  Steve had attended The First Christian Church of Big Stone Gap, VA. 

    Steve loved to fish and ride four wheelers.  He loved hanging out with his friends and loved ones.  He was a devoted father to his children.  Steve will be missed by all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Susannia Farley McFarland; sister, Connie McFarland; several aunts and uncles; and a special friend, Becky Fannon.

    He is survived by his daughter Brittany McFarland (Todd Makris), Opelika, AL; and his son, Andrew McFarland of Big Stone Gap; sister, Debbie McFarland of Big Stone Gap; and the mother of his children, Elizabeth “ Sissy” Johnson.  Also surviving Steven are special friends, Ronnie “R.G.” Gilbert, Mike “Blondie” Clark, Randy Johnson, Robert and Mary Fannon, and Jon Fannon.

    The family would like to thank Nova Health & Rehab of Weber City, the staff of Fresenius Kidney Care of Mountain Empire, Norton, Va., and Greg Townsend and family.

    The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 3, 2019) at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W. in Big Stone Gap.  A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Greg Townsend, Minister, officiating.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Steven McFarland.

     You may go online to view obituaries and offer condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com

Big Stone Gap VA - Linda Ann Pleasant passed away at Norton Community Hospital in Norton VA. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Appalachia Pentecostal Church with Dr. Roy Smith officiating. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pleasant family. 

Big Stone Gap VA - Christie Letner passed away at Heritage Hall Health Care in Big Stone Gap. Arrangements are private. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Letner Family. 

Duffield, VA -Denise Catherine Absher passed away at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. 

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Absher; mother Catherine Wallace; Son Aaron Absher; Siblings, Skip Wallace, Eric Wallace, Michelle Wallace, Wanda and Yvonne.

Arrangements are private. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Absher family. 

Appalachia, Va.-William “Willie” Fig, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 7, 2019. 

    He was born December 13, 1932 in Osaka, VA, the 7thson of Frank and Eva Gilliam (Figliuzzi) Fig.  First and foremost, Willie was a family man.  He loved his wife of 65 years, Mary Lou, children and grandchildren. He loved the outdoors and spent lots of time gardening.   He retired from Norton Community Hospital in 1994 and worked many years as a contractor and painter.  He was a self-taught craftsman.  A man of few words using both wit and wisdom, his one-liners would either make you think or make you laugh.   He whistled everywhere he went.  He was a gentle man.

    He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Tressa Dayene Fraley; his parents, Frank and Eva Fig; his brothers, James, Ralph, Jack, Elmer, and Robert.

    He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Lou.   Son, William Michael (Mike) and Amanda Fig and Jaden.  Daughters, Nedra and Jon Nieman and Tammy and Lee Collier. Grandchildren Cheyenne and Dakota Nieman and David Collier.  Brothers Raymond and Don Fig.

    The family will receive friends at Gilliam Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Funeral at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor John Varner officiating.

    Burial on Friday at 12 p.m. at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, VA.  The family and friends will assemble by 11:20 a.m. Friday at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

    To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fig family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Lucille Summers, 84, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Specialty Select Hospital in Bristol, Tn.

     She attended the Full Gospel Church of God in Jesus Name in Big Stone Gap.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Summers; her parents; two brothers and three sisters.

     Surviving are her son, David Summers, Sr. (Pam Herron), Appalachia, Va.; two daughters, Linda K. Carter (Glen), Wise, Va. and Lisa Ann Carter (Jimmy), Big Stone Gap; ten grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her “adopted daughter,” Dona Mellon.

     The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Avenue., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Johnny Flanary officiating.

     Burial will follow in American Legion Cemetery. 

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com. 

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Summers’ family.

II Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.- 

   Big Stone Gap, VA - Sheila Rose Morris went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Hospice House in Bristol, TN.  She was born in Kingsport, TN on March 1, 1938. She worked at Tri-City Airport Commission for many years.  She resided in Big Stone Gap, VA with her beloved husband, Charlie Morris.  She was a member of East Stone Gap Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School for many years.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life.

   She is preceded in death by her son, Franklin (Frankie) Norris; her first husband, Frank Norris; her mother, Ruth Smith (Jack); her brother, Winfred Wright (survived by Helen); her sister, Brenda Fleenor (survived by Ernest); her brother, Charles Smith and her brothers-in-law, Bill Morris and Pat Morris (survived by Ruth).

   Sheila is survived by her husband Charles “Charlie” Morris; her daughter, Teresa Marshall (Donnie); her grandsons, Donnie Marshall II, Daniel Marshall, Rob Frazier (Joan); her granddaughter, Shannon Orfield; her great grandson, Caden Marshall; her great granddaughter, Leah Frazier; her brother, Robert Smith (Janie); her sisters-in-law, Connie Slagle (John) and Sandy Dorton (Ray) and several special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Deb for all her help.

   The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Funeral services will follow with Dr. Lonnie Brooks and Rev. Bobby Hamilton officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the youth group of East Stone Gap Baptist Church, P. O. Box 100, East Stone Gap, Va. 24219.

   The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Hospice House in Bristol for their exceptional care during this difficult time.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Sheila Morris.

Wise, Va.-Perry Conley Boozer, Jr., 48, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at his home.

     He was a general laborer with Ball Construction in Norton, Va., for over 15 years.  He loved NASCAR and hunting.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Conley Boozer, Sr.

     He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Boozer; step-son, Jason Robinette (Claudia), St. Paul, Va.; grandson, Jason O. B. Robinette; his mother, Edna Jean (Swann) Kellogg, Jellico, Tn.; sisters, Rebecca C. Boozer, Jellico, Tn., and Mary Ann Kellogg, Coeburn; brother, Billy Kellogg, Coeburn; several nieces and nephews; a host of cousins and friends; and his canine buddy, “Blaze.”

      The family will receive friends Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Esserville Freewill Baptist Church at 6:00pm, the memorial service will follow at 7:30pm.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Boozer family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Arlee Virginia Burton, 80, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

     She was born in Kentucky and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap, where she drove a school bus for the Wise Co. Public Schools for 37 years.  She had a kind and loving spirit for the children she transported.  Arlee also worked at Walmart and Dari-Delite in Big Stone Gap.  She was of Baptist faith.

     She was preceded death by her husband, Melvin J. “Jack” Burton; her parents, Chester Clay and Ollie (Garrison) Smith; sister, Carolyn Brooks; half-sister, Frances Adams; and two nephews.

     Arlee is survived by two daughters, Tammy Dillon (Thomas), Big Stone Gap, Lelia Baylor (Richard), Clinton, Tn.; son, Patrick Burton, East Stone Gap; four grandchildren, Melvin Dillon (Rachel), Wendy Dillon, Caroline Baylor and Katie Pinney (Brad); three great grandchildren, Lacey Hill, Parker Pinney and Elise Pinney; and three nieces.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Jimmy Qualls officiating.

      In lieu of flowers, Arlee would like people to do something nice for others, as she did in her life.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Burton’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Charles Nichols, Jr. passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the age of 91. He was the oldest son of Charlie Brewster Nichols and Odessa Seay Nichols.  He was born in Martinsville, VA on June 11, 1928. He had lived in Wise County for the last 33 years.  After leaving Martinsville, he spent 8 years in the Navy, serving both in World War II and in the Korean War.  Once his service to his country was complete, he lived in Richmond, Virginia and worked for Curles Neck Dairy as the Assistant Plant Manager.  He left Richmond with his family and moved to the mountains of Big Stone Gap.  Here, he enjoyed his early retirement, caring for his cows, goats, and chickens and his time spent golfing with his friends at Lonesome Pine Country Club.  We figure right now, he’s on the back nine somewhere with his father-in-law, Stuart Begley…. probably in the woods looking for his ball.

    Charles who was affectionately known to those who loved him as “Charlie Brown”, was a joy to be around and well-liked by everyone he came in contact with.  His sense of humor and stories of life experiences made talking to him an enjoyable experience for anyone. He will be dearly missed. 

    He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Brewster Nichols; mother, Odessa Seay Nichols; step-mother, Eleanor Nichols; brother, Frank W. Nichols. Charles is survived by three sons, Charles Michael Nichols of Kill Devil Hills, NC and his fiancé, Kelly; Jason Nichols of Wise, VA and his wife, Tiffani and their two sons, Caleb and Noah; Jonathan Nichols of Big Stone Gap, VA and his wife, Stacy and their five children, Sydnie, Bentley, Maverick, Draak and Keelie.  He is also survived by the mother to his two youngest sons and close friend, Patty Nichols; his brothers, Willie Mason Nichols; William Brewster Nichols and wife, Jean; Jesse James Nichols and wife, Dottie; and sisters, Lessie Nichols Slater and husband, Dayton; Barbara Nichols Vaughan and husband, James; and sister-in-laws, Sherry Adams and Sandy Wardell; a host of loving nieces and nephews, and best friend and brother-in-law, J.D. Adams.

    Per his request, there will be no formal services and only a gathering of close family to be held in the near future to celebrate his life.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Hospice & Palliative Care of Virginia located at 18 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 302, Norton, VA  24273. Phone 276-679-7212.

    To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory in Big Stone Gap is honored to serve the Nichols family.

John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Nancy Jo Tabor Dorton, 72, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2019 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.

   Nancy was a member of Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in the Crackers Neck Community.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Martha Tabor; and a sister, Betty Tabor Mabe.

    Surviving are her husband, Kenny Dorton; daughter, Tisha Dorton; son, Tim Dorton; two sisters, Mary Tabor Sampson and Judy Tabor, all of Big Stone Gap, Va.

   The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W. in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor James Ray Holcomb officiating.

  Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends will assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home by 10:20 a.m. Friday to go in procession.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Dorton’s family.

Keokee, Va.-Virgil McKinney, Jr., 78, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.

      He was born in Keokee, Va. on Oct. 6, 1940 and raised by his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Maude Spears.  Virgil was a self-employed construction contractor in Indiana and Virginia, and a member of the Keokee Pentecostal Church.

      He was preceded in death by a son, Virgil McKinney, III; his parents, Virgil and Della (Spears) McKinney; maternal grandparents, Elmer and Maude Spears; the mother of his children, Christine Garrett McKinney; and siblings, Ronald, Richard, Mark and Larry McKinney and Larry Maggard.

      He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Jones) McKinney; his children, Donna Gibson, of Kansas, Nina Phillips, Diana Holliday and Colerina McKinney, all of Indiana; step children, Eric Phillips, Weber City, Va. and Cindy Batuk, Glen Allen, Va.; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren; his siblings, Jake Spears, Keokee, Va., Paulette McKinney, Joan Duncan, Lucy Rodvelt, Michael McKinney, Don McKinney and Pam Gentry, all from the State of Washington; half-brother, Bobby McKinney, Eidson, Tn. and several nieces and nephews.

      The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.  The funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Bob Maggard and Steve Maddox ministering.

      Graveside services will be held at 11:00am Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Glencoe Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession at 10:30am.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the McKinney family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Thomas Taylor “Tobe” Poole, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at his home.

     Tobe was born in Osaka, Va., he lived in Clinchco, Va. for many years and had resided in Big Stone Gap for the past several years.  He worked as a coal miner, including the Hill Coal Company.  He served in the U. S. Army.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy (Adams) Poole; his parents, Johnny and Willie (Deadwyler) Poole; and five brothers, Johnny Poole, Jr., Sammy Lee Poole, Clarence Poole, Theodore Poole, and Louis Poole.

     Surviving are his four daughters, Catrina Garner (Trevor), Powhatan, Va., Anissa Hooker (Joseph), Detroit, Mich., Tina Robinson (Jerry) of Winchester, Calif., and Consuelo “Connee” Mitchell, Hixson, Tn.; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mary Burney, Big Stone Gap; two brothers, James Poole, Big Stone Gap and George Poole, Jackson, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

      The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Avenue, E.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Carolyn Smith and Rev. Sandra Jones officiating.

     Committal services will be private at Oakview Cemetery in Big Stone Gap.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Poole family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Carl Edward “Johnny” Stidham, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center.

      He was a member of M. E. O. C. Senior Citizens, which met weekly and he thoroughly enjoyed.  He loved watching television and his interactions with “Alexa.”  

     He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gloria (Clifton) Stidham, who dedicated herself to Johnny so he would have a life filled with love; and a sister, Nell Fannon.

     He is survived by his sisters, Doris Wallace, Big Stone Gap, and Reba Lawson (Danny), Pennington Gap, Va.; brother-in-law, Larry Fannon, Stonega, Va., several nieces and nephews; and three special caregivers, Maxine Wells, Eva Hillman and Dana Martin.

     The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Roger Barker officiating.

     The graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20 a.m. Friday to go in procession.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Stidham family.

Big Stone Gap, VA - Harry  Neil. Johnson passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Big Stone Gap. 

Arrangements were private. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Johnson family. 

Appalachia, Va.-Robert Eugene Mellon, 71, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, at Norton Community Hospital.

     He was a lifelong resident of Appalachia, Va.  Robert was a retired coal miner and was a member of the U. M. W. A. District 17, Arch Mineral #37.  He was a member of the First Apostolic Faith Church of God in Appalachia.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley Thomas and Ruby (Fisher) Mellon; and a brother, Marvin Mellon.

     He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Sue Mellon; son, Thomas Mellon (Dona), Appalachia; daughter, Sandra Mellon Richardson (Jamey) of Big Stone Gap, Va.; grandchildren, Dylan Richardson, Landon Mellon and Alex Richardson; siblings, Myrtle Lee Marcum, Kingsport, Margaret Falin, Big Stone Gap; Wilma Collier, Knoxville, Tn., Vass Mellon, Appalachia, Roy Mellon, Wise, Va. and Ollie Mellon, Lake Wales, Fl.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave, E.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Johnny Flanary officiating.

     Committal graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at American Legion Cemetery.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

     The pallbearers will be:  Thomas Mellon, Landon Mellon, Alex Richardson, Dylan Richardson, Jamey Richardson and Emil Schenck.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory are honored to serve Mr. Mellon’s family.

    Appalachia, VA – Rufus Hagy Barnett passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Big Stone Gap.  Hagy was a veteran of World War II and a member of UMWA Local 1607. 

    Mr. Barnett is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hyson Barnett; children, Eddie Barnett (Shelia), Debb Barnett, Dennis Barnett and Cathy Johnson (Gary); grandchildren, Teri, Seth, Cody, Clay and Kati; great grandsons, Luke and Jaxon and sister, Ruth Barnett. 

    A private memorial service was held by Rev. Tony Nunley for the family. 

    The family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of condolences and requests you to continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barnett family.

MARK MULLINS, 58, BIG STONE GAP, VA

 

Big Stone Gap, Va-Sylvan Mark Mullins, 58, born November 28, 1960, was called home by his Savior on July 20, 2019.

     Mark was a talented musician, playing in many bands in the area, including Direct Connection, Flab Stanley Band, Dealer’s Choice, Split Decision, Bill Arwood Band, Hombre, Southern Spirit and Old School.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Ruth “Toots” (Shepherd) Mullins; brothers, Chester Ray “Shug” Mullins, Roger Mullins and Sam Dandy; and a special nephew, Tim Mullins.

     He was survived by his wife of 35 years, Donna Thompson Mullins; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Jason Rich, Appalachia, Va. and Amanda and Jonathan Hill, Bristol, Va.; grandchildren, Rosa-Lynn and Ellie Rich, and Liam and Jensen Hill; brother, Ronnie Mullins and wife, Jean; several special nieces and nephews; and special fishing buddy, Jimmy Fawbush.

      The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, E. in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Garrett Lee officiating.

      The graveside committal service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at American Legion Cemetery.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

      Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Mullins’ family.

Big Stone Gap, VA, Charles Edward “Ed” Lewis, 81, passed away peacefully at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, VA.  He was born in Wise County, VA and lived in Maryland and Illinois for most of his life.  Ed as he was known by family and friends, lived in Maryland and was a custodian at Conrady Jr. High School in Illinois.  Mr. Lewis was a member of CornerStone House of Prayer in Big Stone Gap, VA. and served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

     Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Lewis; parents, Leon and Linda Lewis; brother, Gary Eldridge, and sister, Edith Baker.  He is survived by his children:  Brenda Weiford (Ronald), Big Stone Gap, VA, Judy Myers, Big Stone Gap, VA, and Charles Edward Lewis. Jr., Maryland.  Also surviving Mr. Lewis are his grandson, Jerome Lee Myers, Jr., granddaughter, Elizabeth Virginia Towers, great granddaughter, Aaliyah Clara Myers; special friend, Jonathan Blair and his canine friends, “Buddy” and “Baby”.

     Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 1pm, Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the CornerStone House of Prayer, 103 E. 27th S., Big Stone Gap, VA.  The funeral will follow with Rev. Bud Kilbourne and Rev. Eddie Kilbourne officiating.  Family and friends will go in procession to Riverview Cemetery, East Stone Gap, VA for graveside services following the funeral service.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the family of Charles “Ed” Lewis.

     You may go online at gilliamfuneralhome.com to visit the obituary and offer condolences.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ben E. Allen, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Big Stone Gap on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  He was surrounded by his wife and family who loved him very much.

     He was born in Bristol, Tn. on September 27, 1931, the son of the late Frank H. and Ethel Ellis Allen.   Ben was a graduate of Tennessee High School and East Tennessee State University.  He served in the U. S. Air Force from January, 1951 to December, 1954, where he was awarded the Strategic Air Command’s “Outstanding Airman’s Achievement Award.

      Ben was President of Southwest Oil Co. in Big Stone Gap and retired in 1991 after 32 years of service.  He then operated Lonesome Pine Raceway for several years.

     Ben Allen loved his community and served it in many ways for many years.  He served on the Big Stone Gap Town Council and was the Mayor twice.  Other regional board of directors and community services included Lenowisco, Wise Co. I. D. A., Virginia Petroleum Jobbers Association, Mobil Oil Advisory Committee, M.E.C.C. Foundation, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Wellmont Foundation, Holston Home for Children and the Big Stone Gap Lions Club.

      He enjoyed all sports, including racing, high school and college football and basketball.  Ben was the “Voice of the Powell Valley Vikings,” serving as public address announcer for over 40 years.  For the past twenty years, Ben hosted the local radio show “Pigskin Picks.”

      Ben was a Christian and a church man.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap for 60 years.  He proudly served in church, volunteering in many committees and ministries.

      Ben cherished his relationships with people from all walks of life and his smile and wit was a comfort to those that he came in contact.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frances Allen, Mary Rotenberry, Jane Reid and Nancy Woodward.

      Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Dorothy A. “Dotty” Allen; sons, Andy Allen (Jeff), Nashville, Tn and Mike (Mary Beth) Allen, Big Stone Gap; daughter, Carol (Mark) Blanken, Kingsport, Tn.; grandsons, John Michael Allen, Kurt and T. J. Blanken; granddaughters, Lauren (Tyler) Mottern and Erika (Austin) Daniels; two great grandsons, two nephews, including special nephew, David Rotenberry (Joanne); and one niece.  

      The family would like to offer a special thank you and love to Iva Lou Johnson, and the team of caregivers, Summer Rhodes, Sara Goins, Donna Adams, Jennifer Mullins and Hospice and Palliative Care of Va.

      The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 203 E. 1st, South, in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and Pastor Nate Ware will be officiating.

      Military graveside rites, accorded by the U. S. Air Force Honors Team, Shaw AFB, and local V.F.W. and D.A.V. posts will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap.

      Pallbearers will be:  John Michael Allen, Kurt Blanken, T. J. Blanken, Winston Witt, Wendell Barnette, Greg Kress, Tyler Mottern and Austin Daniels.

      In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Ben’s name to be made to the Holston United Methodist Church Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, Tn.  37743.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve Mr. Allen’s family.

Big Stone Gap, VA - Shirley Jane Chandler passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville KY.   She was a homemaker and attended Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church.

   Preceding her in death were her husband, Teddy Chandler, Sr.; sons Teddy Chandler, Jr. and Michael Chandler, and parents Ralph and Leona Bennett. 

  She is survived by her children, Kathy Russell and Jim Chandler (Christy), both of Big Stone Gap and her sisters, Mary Bell Ryans and Jean Mullins of Big Stone Gap.

    The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home.  Funeral services will follow in the chapel with Pastor Wayne Begley and Rev. James Holcomb officiating.

   Graveside services will be at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens following the funeral service. The Big Stone Gap Fire Department will serve as pallbearers. 

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Shirley Chandler.

Durham, NC/Big Stone Gap, Va.-Claudia Slemp Gunning, 86,was born in Turkey Cove, outside of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, April 9, 1933. She passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Durham, N.C.  

      She attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia and attended the University of Tennessee Law School.  

     Thomas John Gunning was born in New York, New York on April 29, 1930 to John Gunning and Eve Ackerman.  He passed away on February 11, 2016.  

     At the age of 18, Tom left home walking across the George Washington Bridge and hitchhiked around the country, stopping at various places along the way to work odd jobs including a short-time at the Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Colorado.  Tom later married his first wife Lorraine Kavanaugh.  They had two sons Thomas Gunning Jr. and Timothy Gunning. 

     Tom joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was selected as one of 22 from thousands of candidates.  His first post was in Thessaloniki, Greece, as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Information Service.  Thereafter, he spent the remainder of his Foreign Service career in Africa.  Tom, like his colleagues, blazed the trail for new foreign service officers across this continent, launching embassies and consulates and building new diplomatic relations across the newly independent states in Africa.  Tom opened the first consulate in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where he spent more than a year as the only American.  Few understood the hardship of foreign service, as Tom contracted numerous fevers and sickness from which he suffered in later years.  But his commitment to sharing the best of the American principles with the new African countries prevailed and today because of courage and the courage of others like him, the US enjoys relatively good relations with these countries.  

    Claudia joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1955 and worked for more than 15 years in the administrative unit of the U.S. Information Service. Her first posting was Paris, France, where she assisted with preparations for the diplomatic mission of President John F. Kennedy to France following the end of World War II.  During this visit, she helped write and carryout the protocol that would serve as the foundation for all future U.S. presidential visits to other nations.  She was later posted in the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany, from where she watched the construction of the Berlin Wall.  

      In 1967, Tom met Claudia Slemp at their joint posting in Ghana. They married in April 1968 at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Accra. The two were later sent to South Africa serving during the difficult devolution of the country into apartheid. They considered among their proudest accomplishments their democracy-building efforts with students in South Africa during this time. These young people would go on to sow the seeds of change which allowed for the democratic election of Nelson Mandela. Tom and Claudia curated an exhibition of man’s first step on the moon for the leaders of South Africa and Swaziland.   

     Tom and Claudia left the U.S. Foreign Service, retiring to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Tom started the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, a nonprofit organization which incubated small business entrepreneurs in the newly formed Research Triangle Park. Claudia worked in the contracts department of the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Except for a brief move to Holland for several years where Claudia worked as a contract agent for the U.S. Army in Rotterdam, they lived the remainder of their lives in Chapel Hill, NC.   

     The original “gamer” Tom loved solving puzzles and working on his computer.  Claudia enjoyed countless hours in her garden and was an active member of the Colony Woods Garden Club. Claudia was well known for her cooking, having studied at the Cordon Bleu School of Cooking in Paris, France, and briefly operated a catering company out of her home. Claudia carried the Olympic torch through part of North Carolina as it made its way to the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City. 

    Claudia was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Marion M. and Bess (Taylor) Slemp; her brothers, Clarence Slemp and Harry Lee Slemp; and sisters Loretta Slemp Hilleary and Lucille Slemp Grigsby. 

     Tom and Claudia are survived by his sons, Thomas Gunning Jr. and Timothy Gunning; Tom’s sister, Nancy Guido; sister-in-law, Lynn Gunning; four grandchildren, Aaron Gunning, Bennett Gunning, Meghan Sharpstene and Connor Gunning; and seven great grandchildren, Colin, Cassie, Arianna, Kole, Rhet, Bentley and Shyhan. They are also survived by sister-in-law, Glena Sue Slemp, her four children, Chris Slemp, Shelia Slemp, Mark Slemp, and Ashley Held and their children Travis, Hank, Savannah, Olivia, Quinlan and Juna. 

     The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday (July 11, 2019) at Gilliam Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     A Celebration of Life service, for Tom and Claudia, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Seminary United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Rines officiating.

    Interment will follow in the Slemp Family Cemetery.  The family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Gunning’s family.

Big Stone Gap VA -  Glenn Thomas Johnson passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Big Stone Gap, VA. 

Arrangements are private. 

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Johnson Family. 

Big Stone Gap, VA – Bascom Eugene “Gene” Giles, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his home.  He was surrounded by his family who loved him so much.  He was born on October 10, 1932 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  He was of the Baptist faith.  He served his country by serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

   Mr. Giles was active in the community for many years, serving in various service organizations.  The Lion’s Club, VFW, Korean War Veteran’s, and the Big Stone Gap Fire Department were some of the organizations he belonged to over the years.  He coached Little League Baseball and served on the Big Stone Gap Board of Zoning Appeals.  

   He retired from Westmoreland Coal Company, was a member of U.M.W.A. District 17, Local 1607 and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.  He loved to watch his children and grandchildren play sports and he loved high school football.  After retirement, he spent a lot of his time honoring our Military Veterans with Military funerals.

   Mr. Giles was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Lula Winstead Giles and his daughter-in-law, Lisa Showalter Giles.

   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Susan Long Giles; his brother, James M. Giles (Carma); his children, Michael Giles, Sherry Giles Potter (Preston), Lisa Gaye Giles, John Giles (Pam), Jody Giles and Todd Giles (Tina); his grandchildren, Melissa Potter Reifert (Josh), Tyler Giles, Chad Potter (Brittany), Brent Giles (Meagan), Mandy Giles Crowder (Will), Trevor Giles, Jordan Giles, Jace Giles and Bethany Giles; his great-grandchildren, Cade Potter and Camryn Potter, and his special family friend, Rachel Breeding.

   The family would like to thank his caregivers, Tara Wallen, Debbie Mabe, Andy White and Keaton Wallen.

   The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 11:00am-1:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00pm with Mr. Johnny Walker officiating. Graveside services will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Military graveside services will be conducted by local DAV and VFW Units and the Gate City National Guard, and also a UMWA service will be accorded.  Mr. Giles’ grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John Fox, Jr. V.F.W. Post #5715, c/o Joe Rasnick, P. O. Box 55, East Stone Gap, VA 24246.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory his honored to serve the family of Bascom Eugene “Gene” Giles. 

Appalachia, Va.-Charles Samuel Fisher, Jr., 59, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

     Sam was a lifelong resident of the Derby community of Appalachia.  He was a meat cutter with Food City, Food Lion and Payless, over the years.  He served in the U. S. Air Force.  Sam was a free-spirited soul.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy (Beverly) Fisher; and his mother, Charlotte (Snodgrass) Hubbard.

     Surviving are his son, Dustin Fisher of Big Stone Gap, Va.; step-daughter, Angie Lovett of Kingsport, Tn., step-son, Jeremy Minor of Norton, Va.; father, Charles Samuel Fisher, Sr. (Deb) of Clarksville, Tn.; brother, Thomas Fisher (Connie Bryant) of Stonega, Va.; Lisa Fisher (Joe Crawford) of Gautier, Miss.; nephew, Eric Fisher (Amber) and their son, Kaden of Norton, Va.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Lee Stidham officiating.

     The graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fisher family.

 Big Stone Gap, VA – Wilfred “Art” Simpson, Jr. passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA.  Art served his country in the U.S. Navy, was a member of the Police Benevolence Association and served with the Scott County Sheriffs Dept. and the Appalachia Police Dept.  He was Assistant Chief of the Duffield Fire and Rescue, past Vice President of the Duffield Lions Club, a member of the Virginia D.A.R.E. Officer Association and retired from the Big Stone Gap Police Department. He attended Faith Rock Church in Big Stone Gap. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred Arthur Simpson, Sr. and Mary Dorothy Guilford Simpson and his sisters, Aurdrey Saccordi, Elizabeth O’Donald, Dorothy Duchene, Gean Francis Saccardi, Virginia Thomas and Francis Saccardi.

   Art is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Carie Simpson; his children, Willie Arthur Simpson and Jenny Leigh Simpson Page; his stepchildren, Steven Wayne Mullins and wife Pam, Amanda Gail Kim and husband Won, Mason Mullins, James Mullins and Emmitt Mullins; five grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Marissa, Jacob, Mia and Jackson Mullins and Hannah and Kelly Quillen, whom he loved as his own.  Art is also survived by his brother, Charles “Chuck” Simpson and Ginny Thomas. Art is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. 

   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm with Pastor Russell Herron    officiating. The Bristol Virginia Police Department will be performing Police Funeral Honors. 

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Art Simpson.

    Taylor, Mi./Big Stone Gap, Va.-Doris Wells, 76, passed away on June 30, 2019 in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     She was born in Ridgely, Tennessee, lived in Michigan for most of her life and lived in Big Stone Gap since 1989, following her husband’s retirement.  She loved to travel.  She attended the Keokee Church of God in Keokee, Va.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Wayne Wells; her parents; and a brother, Harry “Wayne.”

      Surviving are her son, David Wells and wife, Valarie of Taylor, Mich.; and a brother, Ronald of Lincoln Park, Mich.

      The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday with Pastor Billy McDonald officiating.

      Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, Va.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Wells’ family

Big Stone Gap, VA – Emma Jo Rogers Light, 77, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. She was born August 13, 1941 and grew up in Jasper, VA and was of the Baptist faith. She retired from Heritage Hall of Big Stone Gap, VA, where she worked as a dietary aide for many years and had many co-workers whom she loved dearly.  She was a mother to many, but an even better grandmother.  Her grandchildren were her life.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Light; a son Jeffery Light; parents, Palmer and Mary Hurd Rogers;  special nephews, Tony Russell and Michael Russell; brothers, John Rogers and Ralph Rogers; sister, Nancy Russell; an infant sister and her beloved dog, Sophie.

   Mrs. Light is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Jack) Poteet, Stacy (Josh) Barnette and Susann Light; daughter-in-law, Maryanne Light; grandchildren, Brittany (Vince) Large, Jonathan Poteet, Zachry Barnette, Sarah Barnette, Madison Gibson (Jeremy Parsons), Christy (Jim) Chandler and Brent (Beckie) Gibson; brother, Jim (Freda) Rogers; nieces, Jenny Rogers Smith and Nikki Rogers; nephews, Bill Russell and Adam Rogers and her beloved dog, Susie.

   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, VA, from 5:30-7:00pm.  Services will begin at 7:00 with Rev. David Rose officiating.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Emma Jo Rogers Light.

    Norton VA - William Ronald Schriber passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Houston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport TN. 

    Services will be conducted at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery IL. at a later date. 

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to the serve the family of Mr Schriber.  

    Appalachia, Va.-Reta G. Peters Sargent, 69, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

     She was born in Kingsport, Tn., lived most of her life in Appalachia, Va., and was a certified nursing assistant at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap for many years.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Lucille (Pippin) Peters.

     Surviving are her husband, Harold Sargent; her brother, Ron Peters of Exeter, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Sargent’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Freda Mae Harvey, 56, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at her home.

     She was born in Hazard, Ky., having lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap.  She graduated from Powell Valley High School and then received a A.A.S. in Radiology from S.W.C.C. in Richlands, Va.  Freda worked in nuclear medicine with several area hospitals.  She enjoyed the lake, arts and crafts and home décor.  She was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Appalachia, Va.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva (Diets) Harvey; and a brother, William Lyndon Harvey, Sr.

     Freda is survived by her two daughters, Tiiffany Rose of Kingsport, Tn., and Brittany Potter (Chad) of Big Stone Gap; two grandchildren, Camryn and Cade Potter; brothers, Roy Harvey (Lori) and Jimmy Harvey, both of Seattle, Wa., Fred Harvey (Theresa), Kingsport, Tn., Willis Harvey (Theresa Williams), Big Stone Gap, and Gary Harvey (Rose), Appalachia, Va.; sisters, Lois Harvey, Betty Harvey and Nancy Harvey, all of Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

     Arrangements were private.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Freda Harvey’s family

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Paula Renee Gilliam, 49, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pikeville (Ky.) Medical Center.

      Survived by her husband, Fred Gilliam, Jr.; son, Matthew Gilliam, of Big Stone Gap; two sisters, Sheila Hensley (Edward) and Debbie Isom, both of Norton, Va.; and brother, Delbert Williams of Norton, Va.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Esserville Community Church in Norton, Va.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary with Pastor Travis Jenkins officiating.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Gilliam family.

Coeburn, VA – Kylie Marye Statzer, 26, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Mountain View Medical Center in Norton, VA.  She was a 2011 graduate of Powell Valley High School and had lived her entire life in Wise County, VA.

   She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Gary Absher.

   Kylie is survived by her daughter, Lucy Diamond Statzer of Big Stone Gap, VA; her mother, Amy Statzer of Wise, VA; her father, Kevin Hamilton of Wise, VA; her maternal grandfather, Bill Statzer of Big Stone Gap, VA; her maternal grandmother Bonnie Statzer of Amelia, VA and her paternal grandmother, Charlotte Absher of Norton, VA.

   A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Christ Lutheran Church (113 W. Main St.) in Wise, Va. with Michael Samerdyke officiating.   A meal will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

   Committal services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday (July 1, 2019) at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

   In lieu of flowers, please donate to the GoFundMe.com page for Kylie, and/or the Christ Luthern Church Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 886, Wise, Va. 24293

   To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Kylie Statzer.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Betty Jane Young, 88, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

     She was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, Va., was the co-owner of the former Appalachia Independent newspaper, and had worked at Lonesome Pine Hospital for over 25 years.  Mrs. Young loved to crochet and was an avid animal lover.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Young; her parents, Harry C. Wallace, Sr. and Gertrude (Jones) Wallace; and two brothers, Harry C. Wallace, Jr. and James Elmo Bentley.

     Surviving are her two daughters, Jacqueline McGee and Margaret “Susie” Bell (David), both of Princeton, WV; one son, Sonny Young (Marilyn) of Big Stone Gap; three grandchildren, Chris Young (Genia), Kellie Blackwell, and Melissa Forbes; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia in Norton, Va. for their compassionate care of Mrs. Young.

     The family suggests that donations in Mrs. Young’s name be made to the Wise County Animal Rescue Coalition, P. O. Box 863, Wise, Va. 24293 and Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia, P. O. Box 349, Norton, Va. 24279.

     Services will be private.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Young’s family.

Pound, Va.-Kenneth Hall, 86, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at his home.

   Born in Kentucky, Kenneth lived most of his life in Pound.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.  Kenneth repaired marine engines for many years.

    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Louise Ball; granddaughter, Tiffany Lynn Hall; his parents, Hillard and Clementine “Tiny” (Vanover) Hall; brother, Hillard “Junebug” Hall, Jr.; and sister, Lenora Shortt.

    Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Elloise (Mullins) Hall; brother, Gene Hall (Rita) of Highpoint, NC; sister, Joyce Miller (Art) of Port Huron, MI; and nieces and nephews, Ronald Hall, Donald Hall, Bobby Hall, Jr., Jeff Hall, Billy Miller, Tammy Miller and Kevin Miller.

     A memorial graveside will be conducted at a later date and announced by the family.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Hall family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Derek Gordon Lawson, 47, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home.                      

      He was a 1991 graduate of Powell Valley High School.  Derek proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy, having spent a majority of time on the U. S. S. Schenectady.  He cooked at several Kingsport restaurants over the past 25 years.

      Surviving are his father, Ronnie Joe Lawson of the home; mother, Alice Doby Chandler (Darrell) of Big Stone Gap; daughter, Melanie Lawson (Cory Moore) of Kingsport, Tn.; son, Andrew Gibson; grandchildren, Sadie and Owen Moore and extended family.

      The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Randy Moore officiating.

      To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve Mr. Lawson’s family.

Big Stone Gap, VA-Thelma Irene Pratt Graham, 80, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her home.

     In her working years, Thelma was a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton, Va. in the labor delivery department, caring for others, along with the Catholic sisters.  She also worked at the old Norton Community Hospital.  Thelma will be remembered for her feisty spirit, her humor and her love of African violets.  

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene Pratt and John Wesley Pratt; brothers, John W. Pratt and Clyde Pratt; sisters, Colleen Diaz, Alma Davidson, and Ruth Pratt.

     Surviving are her daughter Jayne Neaves and husband, Curtis; grandchildren, Frances I Neaves and fiancé, Michael S. Morelock, Rebecca Meade and husband, Kenneth “K. J.,” Matthew Neaves, Jennifer Neaves; great grandsons, Skyler Meade, Kenneth Meade and Kane Meade; special friend and a 15-year caregiver, Tamara Cooper.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Bill Knoskie officiating.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Graham’s family.

Pennington Gap, Va.-Carolyn A.  “Curly” Allen, 70, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

     She was a lifelong resident of Pennington Gap, Va. and worked as a home health aide for several years.  Carolyn was of the Baptist faith.

     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Bowen; her parents, Harrell Head and Mable Dean; and her brother-in-law, Allen Mowell.

     Carolyn is survived by her son, Kevin Haynes (Diane) of Pennington Gap; seven grandchildren, Hunter Bowen, Ciara Haynes, Jacob Haynes, Cody Richardson, Dylan Richardson, Heather Brown (Davyd) and Ashley Brown; nine great grandchildren, Brian Scott Richardson, Levi Brown, Tucker Brown, Hudson Brown, Ciera Hawkins, Madison Hawkins, Cameron Rose, Aidan Rose and Riley Rose; brothers, Jim Head (Betty) of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mike Head of Surgoinsville, Tn.; sister, Kay Mowell, Kingsport, Tn.; son- in-law, Millard Bowen of Duffield, Va. and several nieces and nephews.

     Services will be private.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Allen’s family.

    Pound VA – Gloria Lafeyette Childs passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, at her residence. Arrangements are private. 

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Childs Family. 

Big Stone Gap, VA – James Fugate “Jim” Taylor, 66, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019, at his residence in Big Stone Gap.  Mr. Taylor was born in Kingsport, TN, raised in the Fairview community of Scott County, VA and had lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He was a tobacco farmer as a young man. Mr. Taylor graduated from E.T.S.U. with a B. A. in History. He was a coal miner for 12 years and an avid woodworker, which included a home business and construction of several log homes.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles Fugate Taylor and Nancy (Gibson) Taylor and three brothers, Stephen Christopher Taylor, Roger Carson Taylor and David Lee Taylor.

    Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Janice Thomas Taylor; daughters, Nancy Lynne Light of Kingsport, TN and Larissa Gem Byerly (Harold) of Hampstead, N.C.; grandchildren, Griffen Ely Taylor, Graham Marshall Light, Gryder Lynn Light, Bria Taylor Byerly and Anderson Reed Byerly.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends Saturday, June 8, 2019, from Noon to 1:00pm.  Memorial services will follow at 1:00pm with Greg Townsend ministering.   At Jim’s request, the family will inter his cremains in the family cemetery in Scott County.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Taylor family.

Norton, Va.-Judy Lynn Harrison, 58, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

      She was born in Rahway, NJ to the late Rita Bowen and Oliver Gray Brown, Sr., from North Carolina.  She loved her children and grandchildren.  She loved reading and enjoyed life.

      She is survived by her children: son, Shane Brown of NC., daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Jonathan Dearry of Va. son, J. P. Harrison of Va., daughter, Jamie and her husband, Joshua Kilgore of Va.; ten grandchildren, Jadence Dearry, Kami Dearry, Colton Dearry, Isaiah Dearry, Jayce Harrison, Jaxon Kilgore, Carson Kilgore, Elli Kilgore and Averi Harrison, all of Norton, Va., and Jonston Brown of NC; two step children, Tina Wells and her husband, James of NC, and Billy Sapp and his wife, April of NC; two sisters, Barbara Brown and Billie Brown of NC; two brothers, Jason Bowen and Oliver Gray Brown, Jr. of NC; husband, James Harrison of Va. and stepfather, Joel Bowen of NC; and several cousins and an aunt from NC.

     She will truly be missed and was loved by many.

     Judy requested cremation.

     A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Tacoma Holiness Church in Coeburn, Va. with the Rev. Joe Dearry officiating.

     Please leave a condolence for the family on this website.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Harrison’s family.

Keokee, Va.-Billy Wayne Henry, Jr., 37, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Pikeville (Ky.) Medical Center.

       He lived most of his life in Keokee, Va., worked for several heating and cooling companies in the area and worked for a couple of years in coal mining.

       He is survived by his father, Billy Wayne Henry, Sr.; his mother, Linda Adams; two brothers, Rocky Wayne Henry (Mandy) of Keokee, and Preston Wayne Henry of Springfield, Mo.; niece, Gracie Renee Henry and nephew, Dustin Wayne Henry.

       A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Keokee Pentecostal Church, Stony Lonesome Road, in Keokee. Pastor Bob Maggard will be officiating. 

Duffield, VA-Mona McDonald Lester, 61, went to be with The Lord on Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Mona was a medical assistant for over 30 years.  She was currently employed by Wellmont Medical Associates in Big Stone Gap, VA.  She was a member of the Keokee Church of God.

     Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Reverend Billy Wayne and Alice McDonald; Daughter, Allison Herron (Lloyd); granddaughter, Lily Herron; sister, Trina Osborne (James, “Oz”); niece Marissa Hill (Derrick); nephew, Timothy Vicars; great niece, Kylie Vicars; great nephew, Eli Hill; a host of extended family and friends.

     The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap, VA. A funeral service will follow with Reverend Donnie Pickett officiating. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Those attending the graveside service are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave at 10:30am to travel in procession to the cemetery.

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the family of Mona McDonald Lester.

     You may go online to visit the obituary and leave condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Roy Lee Lawson, 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

     He was born on July 19, 1947, to the late Rial Fulton and Edith Jeanette (Huff) Lawson.  He was raised In Lee County but lived most of his life in the Hamner Hollow community of Big Stone Gap.  In his early years, Roy worked in coal mines and on his beloved four-acre farm.  He worked as a custodian at Powell Valley Primary School for over 20 years.  Roy loved to hunt and work his horses.  Roy was a giving person, having contributed to students who needed monetary support to go on field trips.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Carl Lawson; and a sister, Ann Wadell.

     Surviving are his two sons, Stephen Lawson of Big Stone Gap and Hank Lawson of Appalachia, Va.; grandson, Cody Lawson of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughter, Cheyenne Lawson of Gray, Tn.; step grandson, Dallas Sturgill; brothers and sisters, Kyle Lawson, Reba Olinger (Auburn), Margaret Olinger (Danny), Bruce Lawson (Virginia), Bob Lawson (Glenda,) all of Dryden, Va., and Shirley Howard of Pennington Gap, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Powell Valley Primary School.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:  The Roy Lawson Field Trip Fund, 2945 2nd Ave., E., Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Lawson’s family.

Lellian Carol Clark, 73 of New Lexington, Ohio / Keokee, VA died at 12:48 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019 at The Pickering House, FairHoPe Hospice, in Lancaster, Ohio.

    Born March 25, 1946 in Bloomingrose, West Virginia to the late Everett Adkins and Edna Montgomery Bristow. She loved life, her kids and grandkids; drove bus for the New Lexington City Schools. 

    Survived by 3 sons, Sid (Missy) Clark, Barry Clark and Wes (Michelle) Clark; 6 grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Spencer, Aaron Clark, Landon Clark, Kimberly, Logan Wagner and Lindsey Rivera; great grandchildren, Nevaeh Spencer, Gabriella Spencer and Avery Rivera; brothers and sister, Larry Adkins of Athens, Perry (Dee) Adkins of Navarre, Florida and Rhonda ( Don) Rapp of Dahlgren, Illinois. 

    In addition to her parents, preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Clark and a brother, Terry Lee Adkins. 

    Calling hours will be held from 1-4pm with funeral service at 4:00 pm with Pastor Dana Locke officiating on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill Street, New Lexington, Ohio. 

    Graveside service and burial will held at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Barker Cemetery, Keokee, Virginia. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pickering House, FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.   

    Online obituary and register book at www.robertfuneralhomenewlex.com

and www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

    Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the Clark family.

Johnson City, TN- Reeda Katherine Wright, 91, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN. 

     Reeda was born in Haymond, Ky. on July 3, 1927, graduated from Fleming High School, Union College in Barboursville, KY.; and received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Kentucky.  She taught biology and physical education at Jenkins, Kentucky High School for 45 years.  She was a successful coach of basketball and track and field, and was inducted into the Letcher County Sports Hall of Fame.  She was a member of Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Johnson City, TN. 

     Reeda was preceded in death by her parents, Roy T. and Mary (Morris) Reasor, Sr.; daughter, Anetha Wright; brother, Roy T. Reasor, II (Margaret); sister, Anetha Tanner; niece, Katherine Reasor Carmen; and first cousins, Zane R. (Tommy) Stone and Marceline R. (Jim) Honeycutt.

     Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband of 62 years, Henry “Ed” Wright, Johnson City, TN., nephew, Roy T. (Fran) Reasor, III Pikeville, Ky; great nieces, Katie (Jimmy) Johnson, Lexington, Ky. and Maggie Reasor, Chicago, IL., great nephew, Brett (Annie) Carmen, Raleigh, NC., special cousin, Susie V. (Bill) Whitt, Big Stone Gap, VA. and Shane Vandergriff, Big Stone Gap, VA.

     The family will receive friends 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Saturday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Rick Clowers officiating.

     Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap.

     The family will serve as pallbearers.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Wright family.

Anna Ruth Glover, 101, Farmersville, OH/Keokee, Va.-Anna Ruth Glover, formerly of Keokee, Va., was born February 18, 1918.  She passed to be with the Lord on May 18, 2019 in New Lebanon, Oh. Where she has resided for the past 9 years.

     Anna Ruth was the oldest daughter of 12 siblings.  She lived to be 101 years old.  Her experiences and the events she witnessed over those years lead her to be a strong-willed and determined woman.  She was always determined to live to be 100 years old.  She made it and then some.  What a life.

     She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman “Bud” Glover; her sons, Herman Glover, Ronnie Glover; her daughter, Wilma Graham; and daughter-in-law, Thelma “Jean” Glover; and grandson, Gregory Glover.

     She is survived by her sister, Margaret Deeg; her brother, Roy Hamilton; her son-in-law, William Graham; grandchildren, Michael (Debra) Graham, Vicki Graham, Rebecca Holt, Steven Glover, Ronald Lee Glover and Hollie Glover; several great and great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.

     The funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Bill Hughes officiating.

     Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Mrs. Glover’s family.

Appalachia, VA, Wilma Nell Fannon, 68, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her home with her loving family by her side.

     Nell was raised in Inman, VA. and has lived most of her life in Stonega, VA.  She was a Shoe Department Manager with Wal-Mart, having worked 28 years in many area locations.  She was a faithful member of Appalachia Pentecostal Church.  She and Larry loved to travel, especially going to the beach and taking cruises.  Nell loved to watch her grandchildren play high school and college sports.  Not having a daughter herself, Nell was honored to have her daughters-in-law, Lisa and Alicia, as her own.

     Mrs. Fannon was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gloria Stidham.

     She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Larry Fannon of the home; sons, Randy Fannon (Lisa), Abingdon,VA., and Barry Fannon (Alicia), Big Stone Gap. VA.; brother, Carl “Johnny” Stidham, Big Stone Gap, VA.; sisters, Doris Wallace, Big Stone Gap, VA., and Reba Lawson (Danny), Pennington Gap, VA.  Nell is also survived by four grandchildren: Shaine & Justin and Cameron & Christian Fannon, several nieces and nephews.

    Visitation will be 5:00 -7:00pm, Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel, 618 Wood Avenue W., Big Stone Gap, VA.  The funeral service will follow with Dr. Roy Smith and Rev. Rick Phillips officiating. 

     Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Road, Big Stone Gap, VA. Those attending the graveside services are asked to meet at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery at 10:15am.

     Pallbearers will be: Shaine Fannon, Justin Fannon, Cameron Fannon, Christian Fannon, Jamie Wallace and Chad Hammonds.

     In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the:  Appalachia Pentecostal Church, P. O. Box 416, Big Stone Gap, VA  24219

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fannon family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Matthew Cameron Austin Morelock, 24, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:10 AM at the Holston Valley Medical Center ICU.

       Matthew was a 2013 graduate of Union High School and a 2015 graduate of Mountain Empire Community College, where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He previously held positions for Food City in Big Stone Gap, Lonesome Pine Hospital as a security guard, and Sykes as a Customer Service Representative.       

     Matthew was preceded in death by his mother, Brigette Denise Bruner, maternal Great Grandparents Paul and Minnie Davis, maternal Great Grandparents Frank and Aurora Bruner, Great Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Junior Comer, Great Aunts Janie Patterson and Sarah Jefferson, Great Uncles Bennie, Charles, and Frank Bruner, Paul Davis, Jr., cousins Kristi Comer, Janina Jefferson, Robbie Patterson and David Patterson, paternal Grandparents Hazel Pearl and Ira Everett Morelock, Great Aunt Minnie and Great Uncle Arthur Newton, Great Aunt Etta and Great Uncle Bill Wells, Great Aunt Bessie Lovell, cousins Johnny and Derrick Morelock.      

     Matthew is survived by his father, Michael Stephen Morelock, brother Alex Morelock, maternal Grandparents Paula Davis and Larry Bruner, Aunt Shannon Cooper, Great Aunts Vickie Wampler, Ann Davis, Becky Rogers, Donna Davis, Teresa Sturgill, Uncles Keith, Jerry, Steve, Dennis and Russell Davis, cousins Savanna, Ryan, Makenzie, Cody and Rori Cooper, Howard Comer, Richie Jefferson, Missy Huff, Frank and Rudy Patterson, Jim Morelock, Patricia Rao, and Joyce Wright and family, soon to be step-mother Frances Neaves, and That Good Boy Levi.     

      Matthew's big heart, generosity, and good-natured spirit touched everyone he met. His creativity led him to his hobby, creating and trading dioramas with group members with similar interests all over the world.       

     A memorial service for Matthew will be conducted on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm at the Looney Creek Memorial Baptist Church, Inman Road in Appalachia Virginia with Eddie Kilbourne officiating. He will be laid to rest privately afterward at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  

Jeffery Lynn “Whitehead” Reece, 56, of Ben Hur, VA, went to his Heavenly home on May 7, 2019 at the Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief and unexpected illness.

     Jeff was born in Jonesville, VA on January 8, 1963 and was a retired truck driver.  Jeff loved his family, friends and especially loved his kids, playing his guitars and making music. He also really loved his dog, “Socks.” 

     Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Carrie (Garrett) Reece; several aunts uncles, who lived in Lee County, Ohio and Georgia.

     He is survived by his longtime companion and mother of his children, Susan Slayton; his children, Curtis Lee Reece and Charlee Melissa Reece, both of the home and Natasha Slayton of Knoxville, TN; two brothers, Frank Reece of Blackwater, VA and Phillip Reece and wife, Renea of Dryden, VA; two sisters, Linda Burke and Judith Tignor, both of Big Stone Gap, VA; also several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and extended family.

      A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Pennington Gap, VA with Pastor Kyle Burnette officiating.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Reece family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Richard Lee Beard, 86, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his home.

     He was a U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force Veteran and served in the Virginia National Guard at Big Stone Gap.  He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Company and was a member of the U. M. W. A.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Grubb Beard; his parents, Walter and Viola Beard; brother, George K. Beard; and nephew, George “Buddy” Beard.

     Surviving are his sister-in-law, Beulah Mae Beard, Bristol, Va.; nieces, Terri Belcher, Bluff City, Tn. and Pam Hickman of Bristol, Va.; and caregiver and longtime friend, Matthew Stout of Appalachia, Va.

     Arrangements will be private.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.  

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Beard family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Erica “Honey” Bliss Broach Stewart, 47, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

     Erica was a beautiful soul who was loved and cherished by many.  She was an artist, having published many short stories and poems.  Erica was a mother, daughter, sister and a great friend.  She was a kind soul with a big heart that she wore on her sleeve.

    She was preceded in death by a son, Elijah Bleu Stewart; brother, Pat Broach; paternal grandparents, Rosa Lee and Sammy Broach; maternal grandparents, Huey and Madeline King; and step-father, Del Whaley.

    Erica is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Stacey (Josh) and Sydnee Thier (David); grandchildren, Hadley and Easton Stacey, Graeson Hunnell, and Bishop, Kuechly, Alyvia and Trenton Thier; father, Sam Broach (Diane); mother, Carol Whaley; and step-brother, Jody Leary.

    The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave, W.) in Big Stone Gap.

    The funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Hager and Rev. Shane Hubbard officiating.

    The graveside service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday at American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession.

    Pallbearers will be:  Joshua Stacey, David Thier, Paul Floyd, Ethan Crum, Jon Skeen, and Jody Leary.  Honorary pallbearers are:  Jon Barker and Zack Jervis.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Erica Stewart’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Virginia “Jenny” Hamilton passed away on Wednesday night, May 8, 2019, in the I. C. U. at Johnson City (Tn.) Medical Center. She was the first of nine children born to parents, James and Anna (Lane) Hamilton on March 10, 1933, living her entire 86 years in the same home in the Baum Hollow section of East Stone Gap, Va.

     She is preceded in death by her mother and father; also sister, Katherine Hamilton Hobbs; brother, James B. “Jimmy” Hamilton; grandparents, John Baxter and Christie “Granny” Hamilton, and Joseph Robert and Vergie Lane.  

     She is survived by sister, Nancy Hamilton Cassell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Phyllis, Elaine, Frankie and Brenda, Johnny and Sally, Ralph and Geneva, and Jerry and Margaret Hamilton.  Though childless, Jenny loved and was dearly loved by the many nieces, nephews and cousins, which she considered her children.

     Jenny was a member of East Stone Gap Baptist Church for over 50 years and faithfully attended Sunday school and other services, including the W.M.U.  She served as the recorder of financial giving to the church.

     She graduated from East Stone Gap High School and greatly helped make the girls basketball team a winning team for four years.  After high school she was employed for many years as a cashier at Buckles’ Supermarket and then Oakwood Market.  She retired from Health Management Systems after working closely with radiologists, Dr. Rama, Dr. Saha and Dr. Navani, for over 20 years.

     Jenny was an avid reader and enjoyed sports, especially football and basketball. For the past ten years she has enjoyed watching these sports on t. v. from the comfort of her recliner and added golf to her list.  She was a great cook and assisted her mother for many, many years to prepare Sunday dinners for the entire family of children, spouses, and grandchildren. Though her ability to get around was limited in her final years, she still assisted her sister, Nancy, in cooking Sunday dinners, holidays and birthday celebrations.  Jenny was the person to ask if you wanted to know anything that was going on in “The Hollow” as she kept up with all the “goings on.”

      Visitation will be at East Stone Gap (Va.) Baptist Church on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the funeral service following at 3:00 p.m. with Dr. Lonnie Brooks and Dr. Dearing Garner officiating.

      Music will be provided by Geneva Hamilton, Candy Hamilton Dorton and Nancy Gilliam.

      The committal service will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.   

     Pallbearers will be:  Derek Hamilton, Nathan Schoolcraft, Logan Schoolcraft, Doug Hamilton, Chad Hamilton, Houston Thacker, Blake Hamilton, Jr., Baxter Hamilton, Wes Slagle, Lance Hamilton and Evan Hamilton.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Hamilton family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-James Douglas “Jim” Cooper, Sr. joined the Church Triumphant in the early morning hours of May 4, 2019.

     Jim was born in Norton, VA on August 10, 1935 to Claude and Dossie Cooper.  He graduated from J. I. Burton in 1953 and the University of Richmond in 1957 with a B. S. degree in Political Science.

    Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patty Weatherly Cooper; sons, J. Douglas Cooper, Jr. (Debbie) and Stephen J. Cooper, Sr.; foster daughter, Brenda Morgan Sturgill; and grandchildren, Stephen J. Cooper, Jr. (Shawna), Dustin U. Cooper (Stormie) and Amanda H. Cooper (Anthony).   The family is blessed with great grandchildren, Camron Cooper, Isabella Lynch, and Morgan Cooper; plus extended family of cousins and other relatives. 

     Jim had many close friends and associates throughout the East Coast of the U. S. as he was a jobber manager, service station owner, owner of a Ford dealership and head of a real estate office for an oil company (Amoco/BP) in the Northeast and Central Florida.

     Church work, however, was his main interest in later life.  He served in many administrative offices in Methodist Churches in Alabama, Florida and Southwest Virginia.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap and was very active in the Methodist Men’s group.

    Jim was involved in many civic affairs during the 18 years he lived in Big Stone Gap. He was a member of the Big Stone Gap Planning Commission and the Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissions (2006-2017).  He served as President of the Big Stone Gap Kiwanis Club in 2007-08 when the club received an appreciation award for outstanding support of the Boy Scout Program in Wise County from the Sequoyah Council BSA in January, 2008. While working for Baron Oil Co. in Jacksonville, Fl., he received the Outstanding Service of the Year Award for service beyond expectation.  After retiring in Florida and moving to Big Stone Gap, Jim became a charter member of the Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center.  He was on the job every day overseeing the construction work of the Heritage Center, which he dearly loved.

     A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church (203 E. 1stSt., S.) in Big Stone Gap with the Rev. Robert Burlingham officiating.  A reception will follow in the Trinity U.M.C. Fellowship Hall.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 203 E. 1stSt., S., Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219, or to the Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center, P. O. Box 581, Big Stone Gap, VA  24219.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Cooper family.

Big Stone Gap – Missy Laverne Lovell passed away April 27, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport TN. 

    Surviving are her parents, Bennie and Pam Steffey; husband, James Lovell; children, Charlie Lovell and Justin Lovell; siblings, Tabatha Lovell (Greg), Brian Baldwin and Max Steffey.  Also, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

    Arrangements were private. 

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Lovell family. 

Wise, Va.-Troy James Barnette, 55, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norton Community Hospital.

Arrangements were private.

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

 

 Dryden, Va.-Larry Ray Smith, 63, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Arrangements were private.

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Appalachia, VA-Michael Derrick Woodward, 28, passed away unexpectantly at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA. on April 21, 2019.  He was a lineman for Breakthru Construction in Appalachia, VA and a member of the First Baptist Church in Appalachia, VA.  He loved hunting, fishing, playing the harmonica and carpentry. Michael also served in the Virginia National Guard.

     Michael is survived by his parents, Michael “Mickey” Woodward and Michelle Slagle Jones (Cal); sister, Harley Logan; fiancé, Traci Rose & her children, Ashley & Chase Christian. He is also survived by a special uncle, Raymond “Lucky” Woodward, special aunts, Donna Myers “Bugs” and Diane Coomer (David); maternal uncle, Robert Slagle, several cousins, and 3 nieces: Sahara and Amethyst Salegio and Kylah Carter.

     A memorial service will be conducted 12 noon Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the First Baptist Church (401 Kilbourne Ave.) in Appalachia, Va. with the Dr. Nick Brewer officiating.

     To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Woodward’s family.

Big Stone Gap VA - Glenn Daniel Fisher (Danny), 76, of Big Stone Gap, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Danny was a Christian and of Baptist faith. He was saved on August 31, 2003 at West End Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap, VA.

     Danny was his happiest when he was with his family and usually had them laughing at his quick witted humor. He enjoyed researching family genealogy. He was Trump supporter and a conservative. He was a locomotive engineer and retired from N.S Corporation with 36 years of service. Most knew him as - “Fish”.

     Danny was preceded in death by his parents Glenn A. and Hazel (Bouton) Fisher, brother Johnny Fisher and brother Mitchell Fisher.

     Danny is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sondra (Witt) Fisher; daughter Denise (DeeDee) and husband Ron Leach; grand-daughter Morgan (Leach) and husband Nathaniel Baker and great-grandson son Rhett Baker; sister Kay Reamsnyder; sister Anita and husband Gary Knight; brother David Fisher and wife Karen; and sister-in-law, Anita (Mrs. Mitchell) Fisher; sister-in-law Sally and husband Johnny Hamilton; sister-in-law Mary Jane and husband Charles Upchurch; sister-in-law Margaret Lewis; sister-in-law Diana and husband Jim Cumbo; many nieces and nephews.

     Private entombment was held Monday, April 15, 2019, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

     Danny will be greatly missed by his family. He was loved dearly.

     Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, VA, is honored to serve the family of Mr. Fisher

Big Stone Gap, Va. - Eula P. (Yost) Hall passed away at the age of 77 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Preston Place Suites in Kingsport, TN. 

    She was a devoted Christian who was loved by everyone she encountered. Friends and family remember Eula for her magnetic personality, unshakable spirit, and contagious laugh. She always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart. 

    Eula worked at Cumberland Glove Factory before becoming a housewife. She practiced her faith at Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in the Crackers Neck community. 

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Hall. 

    Surviving her are: her daughters, Sharon Ricker (Dan) of Rogersville, TN and Vicki Hicks of Kingsport, TN; her son, Richard Walters (Joan) of Antioch, TN; grandsons Justin Ricker, Nathaniel Phillips, and Richie Walters; sisters Elizabeth Lane and Shirley Harris; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. 

    The family would like to thank everyone for visiting and showing their love and support for our mom. A tremendous deal of gratitude goes to the exceptional staff at Preston Place Suites for the loving care they gave her. 

   The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave, W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor James Ray Holcomb officiating.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with Rev. Bud Kilbourne officiating.  The family and friends will meet at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home to go in procession.

    To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Hall’s family.

Big Stone Gap, VA, Bobby Joe Rollins, 80, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN.  Bobby served his country in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from cross country truck driving, he worked as a Security Officer with A & A Security, Wise, VA.  Mr. Rollins also loved going fishing. 

     Mr. Rollins was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas & Emma Rollins, his wife, Trina Rollins, and 9 siblings.  

    He is survived by his children: Darla Barker, Exeter, VA, Tony Rollins, Auburn, AL, Devin Rollins, Big Stone Gap, VA and Brian Rollins, Appalachia, VA.  He is also survived by his brother, Rogan Rollins, Texas, 10 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews. 

     The family will receive friends at Gilliam Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019.

    Final arrangements are private. 

    In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the charity of your choice.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rollins Family. 

    You may go online at www.gilliamfuneralhome.comto view obituaries and to leave a condolence. 

Big Stone Gap, VA – Violet Elaine Burton passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Claude Lee and Anna (Sturgill) Adams. Mrs. Burton attended the Keokee Pentecostal Church in Keokee, VA. 

    She is survived by her husband, Doc Harvey Burton of the home; daughters, Susan Brummitt (Burnis) of Big Stone Gap and Amy Thacker of Big Stone Gap; a brother, Tim Adams of Norton; grandchildren, Joshua Jennings, Olivia Thacker, Alexus Thacker, Burnis “BJ” Brummitt and Allyson Brummitt; and great grandchildren, Aiden Jennings, Madison Jennings, and Evie Jennings. 

    The family will receive friends at Gilliam Funeral Home, Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Rev. Jimmy Qualls officiating. 

    Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at American Legion Cemetery at 12:00pm. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery.  

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Burton Family. You may view obituaries and send condolences to the family at www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

Big Stone Gap, VA.- Apostle Yanthophalees Jackson – July 29, 1945 to April 5, 2019

   On Friday April 5, 2019, as his journey on this earth came to a close, Yanthophalees’ soul took flight to his eternal rest with his Heavenly Father. Yanthophalees was the first child born to late James and Edna Jackson.

   Yanthophalees was educated in the Wise County Public Schools. His parental training and lessons learned at First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap, VA. established his lifelong faith and trust in the Lord. After high school, he attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. He then went on to serve in United States Army.

   He worked for various companies in Richmond and Tidewater regions of Virginia as a master mason, before later becoming self-employed. 

   In the early eighties he accepted his calling, and was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel. Subsequently, he ministered as a Bishop and an Apostle in the Pentecostal Church. Through the years, he preached in various revivals throughout the United States. In the last years, he fellowshipped with Mt. Zion Baptist church in Coeburn, VA where he assisted as needed.

   A true servant of God, Yanthophalees was always available to help anyone anytime.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Aeyrer Smithers, and one brother Jakkae Jackson. He leaves to mourn six brothers, Breauster (Brenda), Grayland (Tonya), Arriod (Gwendolyn), Xavier, Klaistrae (Monica), and Eupton; four sisters, Eileen, Ivy Adekoya (Nelson), Ayris, and Jamara Davis (Jamar); one brother-in- law James Smithers, a very devoted nephew, Brian Zander (Jami); special cousin, Saundra Rickman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave, W.) in Big Stone Gap, Va.  The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with his brother, Pastor Xavier Jackson and Pastor Solomon Jones officiating.

   Military graveside rites, by American Legion Posts #3-#265 and the Va. National Guard Honors Team, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Mountain Home Veterans Cemetery, 53 Memorial Ave., Johnson City, Tenn.  Family and friends wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:40 p.m.  

   Brothers and nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Jackson family. 

   To view the obituary online and offer condolences to the family, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Big Stone Gap, VA, Dorothy Eugenie Sanders, 90, passed away peacefully at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, VA on April 1, 2019.  Ms. Dorothy was born in Stonega, VA and graduated from Central High School in Appalachia, VA.  She worked in housekeeping at Heritage Hall Healthcare and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Appalachia, VA.  She was president-emeritus of ATCB Alumni Association.  Ms. Sanders loved to read, work puzzles, watch T.V., shopping, but most importantly loved the company of her family, especially her grandchildren.

     Ms. Sanders was preceded in death by her parents, Grover & Maetta Noaks Lomax; her husband, Harold Sanders; one son, Michael Reuben Copeland Coward; one great grandson, Brian Copeland; and one brother, Charles Russell Noaks.

     She is survived by her daughters, Vera Martin (Eugene), Richmond, VA, and Sandra Walker Jones (James), Big Stone Gap, VA; Ms. Dorothy is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Rhonda Williams, Stephanie Coward Harvey, Karen Michelle Martin, Joey Michael Coward, Michelle Copeland, Lakeia Copeland, Timi Martin, Dawn Martin, Edward William Walker, IV., & Valerie La-Conte Walker.; 18 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and step-sons, Charles and Billy Sanders.

     The family will receive friends on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 12Noon to 1pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, Big Stone Gap, VA. The service will follow visitation at 1:00 pm with Elder Carolyn Smith officiating.  Graveside services will be in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA. on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:00 am. Family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession to the cemetery at 9:30 am.

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the family of Ms. Dorothy Eugenie Sanders.

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”- 2ndTimothy 4:7     

 

Big Stone Gap, VA- Lovella Blair, 93, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.

     Mrs. Blair was the oldest living member of the Christian Life Church in Big Stone Gap.

     She was preceded in death by husband, Brady Blair; her parents, H. C. and Eliza (Lawson) Stidham; son, Dennis Blair; three sisters, Arzella Hill, Mae Seals and Shirley Wheeler; and three brothers, Arnold G. Stidham, Squire Lee Stidham and William Fred Stidham.

     Surviving are her daughter, Marquetta Ann and Roger D. Nichols; daughter-in-law, Loretta Blair; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; two sisters, Louella Murray and Faye Steadman; one brother, H. C. “Bud” Stidham, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. 

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at the Christian Life Church (2635 1stAve. E.) in Big   Stone Gap. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Dalton officiating.

     Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Family and friends are asked to meet 10:30 a.m. at the church, to go in procession.

        Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are asked, by the family, to be made to the: Christian Life Church, P. O. Box 743, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Lovella Blair’s family.

   Big Stone Gap, VA – Paul B. Snodgrass, Jr., 77, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at his residence in Big Stone Gap, VA.  

    Paul retired from Carter Machinery in Norton VA.  He attended East Stone Gap United Methodist Church, and also enjoyed worshipping with his friends at Robinette Chapel Church from time to time. Paul loved his Food City family, MEOC Pace family and Dr. Craven. He dearly loved the personnel at Dr. Rob Sawyer’s office and Tri-City Opticians. 

    Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul B. Snodgrass, Sr. and Clara Dalton Snodgrass; and a sister, Carolyn Snodgrass Garrison. 

    Paul is survived by his wife of 35 years, Clara “Boots” Snodgrass; sons, Michael T. Snodgrass (Jeanne) of Brant, MI and Danny R. Craft of Big Stone Gap; daughters, Beth Marton (Barry) of Slidell, LA, and Lori Kirby of Kingsport, TN; brother, Richard Wayne Snodgrass (Lucille) of Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Travis Marton, Matthew Marton, Garrett Snodgrass, Brian Lytle, Aaron Kelly, Tiffany Cantrell and Keith Heft; and five great-grandchildren. 

    The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home.  The funeral service will follow in the chapel with Rev. Brad Stapleton and Rev. John McCarroll officiating. 

    Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Barker Cemetery at 11:00am. Family and friends are asked to assemble to leave in procession at 10:30 from Gilliam Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be Bill Endean, Jerry Talley, Ron Prewitt, Jerry Palmer, Dennis Sturgill and Rick Debolt.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Mr. Paul B. Snodgrass. 

You may view obituaries at www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

    Appalachia VA – Nina Phillips Bolling, 44, of Appalachia Va. passed away at her home Thursday, March 21, 2019.  She loved all kinds of crafts. 

    Surviving are her husband David Bolling of Appalachia; two sons, Alex Phillips (Lena) of Charleston WV and Austin Phllips (Kailey) of Big Stone Gap, Va.; her mother, Della Mullins of Big Stone Gap; her father, J.E. Morris (Paula) of Big Stone Gap; two brothers, Richard Pearl Morris (Daretha) of Big Stone Gap, J. E. Morris (Mystie) of Charleston, WV; step-children, Sabrinia Bolling of Lexington Ky, Amanda Bolling of Norton and Elijah Bolling; step-sister, Tabitha Estep, Jonesborough, TN; step nephews, Cody Cress, Big Stone Gap, Colton and Blake Estep, Jonesboro TN.  Nina is also survived by several aunts and uncles.

    The family will receive friends Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow in the chapel at 7:00pm with Rev. Johnny Flanary officiating.

    Committal services will be Monday, March 25, 2019, in Glencoe Cemetery at 11:00am. Family and friends are asked to assemble to leave in procession at 10:30am.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the:  First Apostolic Church, P. O. Box 589, Appalachia, Va. 24216.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Nina Phillips Bolling. 

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mary Madeline King, 91, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Dorothy, in Powell, TN.  She was born in Speers Ferry, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap, VA. She attended the West End Baptist Church.

     Ms. King was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Cogle and Dixie (Bryant) Phillips; her husband, Huey P. King, Jr.; one son, Ted W. King, Sr.; two grandchildren, Samuel Patrick Jeirel Broach and Angela Michelle King Stoneburger; two son-in-laws, Del Whaley & Marvin Johnson, Jr. and her brothers, John, Harold, Dewey, Charles, Bob, and Roger Phillips.

     She is survived by her children, Caroline King Whaley, Dorothy Ashley (Ray), Barbara Phillips (Robert), Sam King (Ann), Kathy Johnson, Helen Keel, & Anita King Mack (Tim).  Madeline is also survived by her sisters, Gloria Mullins, and Brenda Wells (Wil); grandchildren: Erica Broach Stewart, Angela Brown, Jimmy Spears, Jr., Rodney Spears, Missy Harris, Robert Phillips, Jr., Leslie Stidham, Jessica Lawson, Donnie Isom, Miranda Keel, Crystal Pruitt, Jonathan King, Ted King, Jr., Whitney King, Sandra Lee Moore, and Heather Buchanan; 34 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren and her favorite furbaby, “Sissy Belle”.

     The King Family would like to thank Angie and the staff at Tennova Hospice of Knoxville.

     Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, March, 25, 2019 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W, Big Stone Gap, VA with the funeral service at 8:00 PM with Rev. Wayne Hager and Dr. Roy Smith officiating. 

   Graveside services will be Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Glencoe Cemetery, Spring Street, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession at 10:30am.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ms. Mary Madeline King.

BIG STONE GAP VA - Patricia Lynn Kennedy, 66, ended her Earthly journey on March 16, 2019 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer; she was surrounded by family and friends.

Pat was born on October 6, 1952 in Appalachia, VA where she enjoyed playing with her brother and cousins on their grandparents’ nearby farm. She enjoyed the love of a large extended family throughout her life--Pat always looked forward to attending the annual family reunions held at Pipestem State Park and participating in a rousing game of Farkle. Her family was her greatest joy, particularly being a devoted mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold & Ann Kennedy; her husband, Lynn Woodard; niece, Leigh Ann Bolinskey; and special Uncle Ray “Papaw” Bailey.

Pat is survived by two sons, Nate (Ashley) Woodard of Alexandria, VA and Tommy Woodard of Big Stone Gap, VA; brother, Gary (Kathy) Kennedy of Appalachia; nephew, Adam (Jennifer) of Big Stone Gap; and special Aunt Agnes “Nana” Bailey of Big Stone Gap. She is also survived by great nieces & nephews, numerous cousins, and a host of life-long friends that were always ready with words of love and encouragement.

She graduated as Valedictorian from Appalachia High School in 1971 and furthered her education at Clinch Valley College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1975 with majors in Spanish, French & English. Pat spent 43 years touching the lives of thousands of students at Grundy, Keokee, Powell Valley, and Union High Schools. While Pat specialized in teaching Spanish she also taught French, English, and Government.  A lifelong sports enthusiast, she represented the Lady Cavaliers in softball and volleyball in college, launched the Lady Vikings softball team as their inaugural coach, and loved cheering on the Hokies! 

Pat loved to travel, planning and chaperoning countless trips for family, friends, and students.  From Ireland to Peru, to San Francisco, Mexico, Niagara Falls, local concerts, and every historical landmark on the east coast, her quest for adventure was extraordinary.  Finally, she loved the beach and especially lighthouses.

Friends may gather to reminisce from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Union High School Auditorium.  A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Pat would hope that you would do unexpected acts of kindness for others.  Donations are also being accepted in her name at the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, P. O. Box 32141, New York, NY  32141, or online at ocrahope.org

Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is serving Pat Kennedy’s family.

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