The Blossom Box

Garrett and Beverly Lee, Owners • Kim Horner, Manager

(276)-523-1112

6 East 5th Street North

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Big Stone Gap, VA - Donald Wayne Sorah, Sr., 79, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the Ballad Hospice House in Bristol, TN.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, William Conley and Grace Beatrice (Burton) Sorah; and brothers James Sorah and Kenneth Sorah

    Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Wanda Sorah; son, Donald Sorah, Jr. (Kelly), and grandson, Brennan Scott Sorah; and sisters, Thelma Gilley, Georgia Durham, Nancy Gilliam, and Shirley Walborn. 

    His life will be forever cherished by additional family members including Debbie Dickenson, Etta Pleasant (Kenny), Pamela Stacy, Sarah Reynolds (Brian), Michael Dickenson (Holly), Dee Dickenson, Pat Dickenson, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

    He worked more than twenty years for Leo’s Pest Control where he traveled throughout Southwest Virginia and seemed to know everyone he saw. After retiring from his work at Leo’s, he spent several years as project director at the Pioneer Center in Duffield, Virginia. 

    He proudly served in the United States Air Force at Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base (OK) during the Vietnam War era.

    He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he loved serving as greeter and doorman. He loved fishing, woodcarving, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, June 6 at Gilliam Funeral Home (618 Wood Ave., W.) in Big Stone Gap with Pastor Alan Collier officiating. Due to current regulations, all guests are required to wear face masks.

    To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Sorah family.

Big Stone Gap, VA-Glenn Ritchie, 76, entered Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Johnson City Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was born in Coeburn, VA on August 21, 1943 to the late Lloyd and Allie Ritchie.
     Glenn was a faithful servant of the Lord and pastored several churches in Southwest Virginia before retiring. He loved studying God’s word and continued service to the Lord by preaching weekly appointments. He was also a retired insurance agent.
     Glenn was a gifted carpenter who enjoyed gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Harold Ritchie, Anna Wilson, Douglas Ritchie, and Gary Ritchie.
    Those left to cherish Glenn’s memory are his loving wife of 37 years, Carol; daughter Pam (Russell) Mullins; grandchildren Drew (Anna Carter) Mullins and Mallory Mullins; siblings Leslie (Susan) Ritchie, Janet Jones, Curtis (Connie) Ritchie, sisters-in-law Geneva Ritchie and Yupen Ritchie. He was blessed with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.
    The family will receive friends 12:00-2:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2020.   The service will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Joel Cantrell and Leslie Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at American Legion Cemetery.

    Due to current regulations, all guests are required to wear face masks.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wise, Va./Big Stone Gap, Va.-Todd Michael Crist, 47, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at his home.

     Born and raised in New Jersey, his family later moved to Florida where he graduated at Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fl.  He moved to Big Stone Gap in 1998 and lived in Wise County ever since.  He was an employ of Reno’s in Wise, Va.  He was a Christian.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carol Ann (Owens) Crist.

     Surviving are his son, Koby Crist of Big Stone Gap; sister, Debbie Yousse of Murphy, NC; brother, Bobby Crist of Texas; and three nephews.

     Arrangements are private.

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ruby Jane Sturgill, 85, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Norton Community Hospital.

     She was a cashier at Lonesome Pine Hospital and attended Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Sturgill; a daughter, Sheila Barnett and a son Noonie Chandler; son-in-law, Jim Rutherford; her parents, grandparents, a brother and cousins.

     Surviving are a daughter, Regina Rutherford of Big Stone Gap; son-in-law, Eddie “Bear” Barnett; grandchildren, Shannon Phillips (Derek), Jonesborough, Tn., Jamie Givens (Brian), Kingsport, Tn., Teri Barnett of California, and Jessie Chandler (Chris), Marion, SC; great grandchildren, Chase, Marcus, Marcie, Macie, Connor and Tivis.

     A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 5, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with Pastor James Holcomb officiating. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20 a.m. Friday to go in procession.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Patty Ann Boardwine, 85, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center.

     She was a lifelong devout Christian and a giving generous soul who never met a stranger.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Bessie and James Tomlinson; her husband of 42 years, Clyde Boardwine; her son-in-law, Patrick Arnold; her sisters, Stella Barker and Vivian Sturgill, and her nephew, Tommy Clemons.

     She is survived by her daughter, Amy Arnold of Big Stone Gap, VA; her son, Scott Boardwine and wife Tanya of Brookings, OR ; her granddaughter, Shelley Arnold of Big Stone Gap, VA; her sister, Peggy Minnick of Sanford, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

     Special thanks to Heritage Hall Healthcare nurses and staff for excellent care over these past few years.  Also, thanks to the staff of Holston Valley Medical Center.

     The family will receive friends at Gilliam Funeral Home on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, VA.  Family and friends will leave in procession to the cemetery at 1:30 pm.

     Mark Wyatt, Joshua Barker, David Collins and other family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

     Visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com to view the online obituary and leave a condolence for the family.

Wise, Va.-Wilma Nell Fields, 71, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.

      She was a lifelong resident of the Wise/Norton, Va. area.  She was a retired nurse from the former St. Mary’s Hospital, Norton, Va.  She loved country line dancing and loved watching WWE professional wrestling, “wrassl’n.”  She was of Pentecostal faith.

      She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Ike Fields; her parents, Woodrow and Martha (Christian) Collins; and two sisters, Imogene Evans and Barbara Rittenberry.

      Surviving are her daughter, Tammy Toney, Wise, Va.; two sons, Isaac Fields, Jr. (Debbie) and Michael Fields (Sandy), both of Kingsport, Tn.; grandchildren, Whitney Wingler (Justin), Bridgette Fields, Dasha Cooke, Mandy Fields, Derek Fields and Mackenzie Toney; great grandchildren, Mason, Joel, Abraham, Benjamin, Jaylen, Camden and Abigail; brother, Charles “Buddy” Collins (Libby) of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

      The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Esserville Community Church, 5538 Esserville Road, Norton, Va.  The service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Bro. R. L. Crawford officiating.

      Final Disposition is private.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ralph Todd Early, 58, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Holston Manor in Kingsport, Tn.

Arrangements are private.

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Steve Joseph Bobrosky, Sr., 96, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center. 

     Born February 23, 1924, he was raised in Calvin, VA.  He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 and was a WWII Veteran.  He was well-known by many as the store manager of the Country Boy Market.  He also worked for Westmoeland Coal Co. as the manager for Andover Shopping Center and retired as a salvage operations manager.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Wolfinger) Bobrosky, Sr.; brothers, Robert, Johnny, Paul and Joe Bobrosky; sisters, Lena Bobrosky, Mary Alice Bobrosky, Otella Suominem, Wilma Carter, Elizabeth Neil, Katherine Leeper and Sophia Duff; and son-in-law, John L. Johnson, Jr.

     Steve is survived by his wife of 73 years, Mary Kate (Matda) Bobrosky; sons, Steve Bobrosky, Jr. (Velma) of East Stone Gap, Va. and Mark Bobrosky (Sarah) of Big Stone Gap; daughters, Donna Ball, Vickie Johnson and Cindy Foley (Brad), all of Big Stone Gap, and Melody Bobrosky, Kingsport, Tn.; brother, Bill Bobrosky (Brenda), Batesville, Ark. and Mac Arthur Bobrosky (Cora), Clinchport, Va.; and sister Betty Hill (Ben), Church Hill, Tn.   Steve was blessed with seven grandchildren, Jeff, Eric, John, Jason, Mary, Christy and Pat; seven great grandchildren, Daniel, Shannon, Rachel, Jacob, Mason, Karley, Laura and Arthur; one great-great grandchild, Tristan; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, including, Harold and Colby Reasor, Dale Stidham, William Bush, Dr. Bryan Watson, Christy Swinney, FNP, and Valley Fire Department.

     In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Big Stone Gap VFW Post #5715 and/or the Col. C. H. Hagy Chapter #45, DAV, c/o Joe Rasnick, P. O. Box 55, East Stone Gap, Va. 24246, or the Valley Fire Department, P. O. Box 166, East Stone Gap, Va.  24246.

     A military service will be conducted at a later date.

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

     Visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com to view the obituary online and offer condolences.

   Appalachia, Va.-Harold Cecil Sargent, 75, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at his home.

   He was born in Dizney, KY and lived most of his life in Appalachia, Va.  He served in the U. S. Air Force.  Harold was a coal miner and member of the U. M. W. A. and also worked as a security guard for the mines.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Bernice (Bryant) Sargent; and three brothers.

   He is survived by a nephew, Charles S. Sargent of North Carolina.

   Arrangements are private.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Sargent’s nephew.

   You may leave a condolence on this website for Mr. Sargent’s family

Keokee, Va.-Vanessa Lynn Richardson Randolph, 48, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at her home.

      Born July 21, 1971, Vanessa was a lifelong resident of Keokee and graduated from Keokee High School.

      She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Conda and Hazel (Coffman) Richardson; maternal grandparents, Luther and Geneva Russell; uncle, Tim Harris; and cousin, Scott Richardson.

      She is survived by her daughter, Tiffany Randolph Lawson (Adrian); son, Robbie Randolph (Hannah); granddaughter, Briann Randolph; grandson, Bentley Randolph; parents, Gary and Lois (Russell) Richardson; sister, Nicole Proffitt (Mike Nickels); niece, Melanie Lawson (Corey Moore); great niece, Sadie Nicole Lawson, and great nephew, Owen Scott Moore.

      The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 29 at Gilliam Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Bill Hughes officiating. Final disposition will be private. 

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Randolph’s family.

 

**Due to COVID-19 and the newest executive order by Virginia’s governor, all people entering the funeral home will be required to wear a mask.  Note-Masks will not be available by the funeral home.  We will be following State Mandated Guidelines on Social Distancing and Fifty Percent Occupancy for Services.

Appalachia VA - William Tex Parsons, age 74, went to be with his Lord, Friday, May 9, 2020. 

    Tex was a member of the Haven of Praise Ministries. He loved singing the song he wrote and giving mints to the children on Sunday mornings. He was employed by Mulligan Lumber Co. and had a great love for the mountains and the trees.  He enjoyed working at the Appalachia Food Bank and helping anyone in need.  His hobby was his train collection and when he found a new train to collect, it was a happy day for him. 

    Waiting for him in Heaven, are his parents, Burl and Faye Parsons; his brothers, Joseph “Mark” Parsons and Steve Lynn Parsons; and his sisters, Virginia Pearl Parsons and Bernice “Snooky” Parsons Boggs. 

    He leaves behind his brother, James “Jim” Parsons (Mary) and his sisters, Peggy Lambert, Liz Stidham, Lovella Sizemore, Janice Parsons and Loma “Bubbles” Grubb. 

    Visitation and viewing will be Monday, May 11, 2020, from 10:00am to Noon. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. 

    The graveside service will be at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with his Pastor, Lee Stidham officiating. April Hall, the Praise and Worship Leader of the church, will be assisting. 

    Tex would have wanted all of his family and friends at his home going service but because of the Covid-19 restrictions, only his brother and sisters will be able to attend his service. 

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Parsons family. Please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com to leave condolences and view obituaries. 

Coeburn, Va.-Harold Lee Key, 75, formerly of Maryville, Tn. journeyed to Heaven on his birthday May 5, 2020 at his residence in Coeburn, Virginia. 
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Everett Key and Gladys Pauline Legg Key of Maryville, Tennessee.
     He is survived by his loving niece and nephew, Chantay and Jeffrey Proulex, and great-niece Grayson Proulex who lived in the home with him and were his caregivers for 9 years.  Also surviving are his brother, Jim (Kay) Key of Big Stone Gap, Va.; niece, Capi (Andrew) Wampler of Asheville, NC; and an aunt, Pat Key of Ellijay, Georgia. 
     An avid reader, Harold retired from Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee with 45 years of service. A member of Armona Baptist Church in Alcoa, Tn. where he served as Secretary of Sunday Schools and church librarian. He enjoyed reading, eating his sweets, and spoiling the family pets two Scottish terriers, Jacques and Rory, as well as a cat, Ms. Kitty, and her new litter of kittens.
       Services will be private.
       To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit: www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Harold Lee Key.

Norton, Va./Kingsport, Tn.-Treela May Parker, 65, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Norton Community Hospital.

     A native of Wise County, she proudly served in the U. S. Army for over 21 years and retired at as a Master Sergeant.  Her distinguished career as a Psychologist included assignments in South Korea, Germany, Harrisburg, Pa. and Fort Monmouth, NJ, among others.  Treela was honored with many awards during her military career.  Following retirement, she lived in Kingsport, Tn. for several years.  For the last eight months, Treela had resided at The Laurels Assisted Living in Norton, Va.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobert Parker and Bonnie Begley Chandler; and an infant sister.

     Surviving are her brothers, Jim Parker, David Parker and Ronnie Parker; sisters, Kathy Lambron, Lisa Whaley, Debbie Montgomery and Valarie Snyder; several nieces and nephews; and two special nieces and caregivers, Susie Swinney and Barbara Collier.

     Services are private.

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

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Parker’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Sandra Kaye “Granny” Mullins, 74, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap.

     She was a lifelong resident of Lee and Wise County, Va. She was a sales clerk with Black Diamond in Big Stone Gap, Va.  She was a member of P. A. C. E.

     She was preceded in death by her great grandchild, Harley Kelly; her parents, Estel Jackson Trammell and Artie Gertrude Hughes Trammell; brother, Paul Trammell; son-in-law, John Thacker.

     Surviving are two sons, James Kelly (Missy), Keokee, Va. and David Todd Kelly (Melissa) of Rogersville, TN; daughter, Kaye Blair, Big Stone Gap, Va.; eleven grandchildren; brother, Chuck Trammell, Safford, Az.; and several nieces and nephews.

     Services will be private.  She will be laid to rest in Glencoe Cemetery, with Rev. Alan Collier officiating.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Joseph Clay Keesee, Jr., 92, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at his home.

     Born in Appalachia, Va., he lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap.  Mr. Keesee worked 35 years with the Southern Railroad Co. and was a member of the First Christian Church, Appalachia, Va.  He loved gardening and flowers and his family.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Elma (Watts) Keesee; his parents, Joseph Clay Keesee, Sr. and Cleta Belle (Fleenor) Kessee; and several brothers and sisters.

     Surviving are three daughters, Catherine Andrews (Roger), Virginia Beach, Va., Teresa Rivers (Walt), and Darlene Mullins, Big Stone Gap, Va.; step-son, Michael Maness (Patti), Johnson City, Tn.; eight grandchildren, Michael, Ian, Stephanie, Grace, Frank, Clay, Jason and Lori; one brother, Charles Keesee, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces; and nephews.

     Services will be private.

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

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

Exeter, Va.-Edith Marion Susan “Sue” Christian, 76, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home.

     Born in Massachusetts, she lived most of her life in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va.  She had lived in Exeter, Va. since 2014  She was a florist with the Farm Fresh grocery chain in the Tidewater area of Virginia for several years.  Sue loved Bingo and enjoyed winning.

      She was preceded in death by her father, Joe DeYoung; her step-mother, Fran DeYoung; and a brother, Joe DeYoung.

      Sue is survived by her husband, James L. “Jim” Christian; two sisters, Doreen Bell, Norfolk, Va. and Beverly Caruso, Virginia Beach, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

      Graveside services will be private.  Sue will be buried in the Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, Va.

      Condolences may be left on this website.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Sue Christian’s family.

Wise VA – Ronald Thacker passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020, at his residence in Wise. 

Ronald formerly owned and operated his own construction company. 

    He was preceded in death by his sons, Ronald Scott Thacker, and John Ray Thacker; his parents, John Ashley and Eula Minick Thacker and his sister, Alta Thacker. 

     Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca Thacker, of the home; daughter, Melissa Jean Bozzi, West VA; step-sons;  Aaron Waycaster, Duffield, VA, and DeWayne Waycaster, Montana.  He is also survived by his siblings, Gerald Thacker, Mitchell Niece, Wendall Thacker, Gary Thacker, Cleo Thacker, and Christine Shupe.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

     Services will be private.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ronald Thacker.

     You may go online to visit obituaries or offer condolences at gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Keokee, Va.-Terry Lynn Maggard, 37, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Keokee, Va.

     He was a lifelong resident of Keokee, Va.  He attended Lee High School, Ben Hur, Va.  Terry worked as a handyman.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell Lynn and Patricia Ann (Kirk) Maggard.

     He is survived by his children, Jonah Isaiah Maggard and Jacob Daniel Maggard, Keokee and Hayden Leavens, of Florida; his companion, Brittany McKnight; brothers, Barry Maggard, Jonesville and Jonathan Maggard, Keokee; two nephews, and a special aunt, Norma Owens (Jimmy), Keokee; and other extended family and friends.

      A drop-by visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The Covid-19 guide lines established in the governor's executive order of no more that 10 visitors at a time in the funeral home will apply. 

      The graveside service will be private with Rev. Robert Maggard officiating.  Burial will be in the Maggard Family Cemetery, Keokee, Va.

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

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

Kingsport, Tn./Big Stone Gap, Va.-Floy “Flo” Stiles Kelley, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Kingsport, Tn.

     She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap, Va., lived in Kingsport for the past several years, and had resided at Wexford House since 2014. Flo was a member of First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap, where she was very active serving her Lord in many roles, including Sunday School and the choir.  She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Big Stone Gap Chapter #157, serving as Past Worthy Matron.  She volunteered at the June Tolliver House and John Fox, Jr. Museum.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Kelley; and her parents, Harry and Clara (Smith) Stiles.

     Surviving are her five children, Diane (Bob) Botts, Pam Kelley, Tim (Lee Ann) Kelley, Cathy (Ed) Combs and Dale (Penny) Kelley; nine grandchildren, Andrew (Sara) Botts, Katie Botts, Hunter Botts, Caitlin Kelley, Benjamin Kelley, Kelley (Matthew) Howe, Cory Combs, Kayla Kelley and Zachary (Emily) Kelley; two great grandchildren, Kennedy and Asher Botts; two brothers, Bobby Gene (Shirley) Stiles and Bill (Betty) Stiles; sisters-in-law, Kay Kelly and Peggy Robinson; brothers-in-law, Jack Gembach and Fred Kelly; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

     The family would like to thank the staff of Wexford House and Amedisys Hospice for their care of Flo.

     A private entombment service will be conducted at the Glencoe Cemetery Mausoleum with the Rev. Beverly Robinette officiating.

     Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Living Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 296, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219 or to the Trinity United Methodist Church Backpack Ministry, 203 E. 1stSt., S., Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219

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

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

Big Stone Gap, VA-Neal Junior Simmons, 94, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home.

      A native of West Virginia, Neal lived in Big Stone Gap for many years. He worked as a serviceman on medical equipment.  He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II.  Neal was a loyal greeter and member of Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in the Crackers Neck Community.

      He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Simmons; father, Neal Simmons; and mother, Clara Gilliam Lantz.

      He is survived by his daughter, Donna McElhiney (James), Madison, AL; son, Terry Simmons (Carol), Rural Hall,  NC;  grandchildren, Jonathon Neal Castle, Stephanie Nicole Brookus, Jeremy Tyrone Simmons, Terri Denise Tedder; and several great grandchildren.

      Burial will be private at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with Pastor James Ray Holcomb officiating.

      In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, P. O. Box 191, Winterset, IA 50273, please designate for Virginia Highlands Group #17089.

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

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Neal Simmon’s family.

Carmel IN / Big Stone Gap, VA – Parazita Irene Livingston passed away Monday, April 13, 2020, at Carmel Health and Living Community in Carmel IN.  

    Born in Stonega, Va., Irene was a graduate of Bland High School. She served as a legal secretary for over 30 years.  Irene especially enjoyed the ocean and both fresh and saltwater fishing.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Nadine (Crockett)  Livingston

    She is survived by her daughter Donna Gibson of Westfield, IN; brothers, Jerry Livingston, Nathaniel Livingston, William Livingston and Larry Livingston; sisters, June Livingston and Jacqueline Livingston; grandchildren, Morgan Gibson, Marcus Gibson and Syrus Gibson.   

    A private graveside service will be held in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap with Rev. Sandra Jones officiating. 

    You may visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.comto leave condolences for the family and view obituaries. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Stone Gap, VA – Dylan Shea Farmer, 45, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his residence.

    Dylan was employed at Tempur-Pedic in Duffield and had served his country in the U.S. Army.  Dylan was an avid bodybuilder, enjoyed target shooting on the weekends, and going to the lake with his family, which included fishing and campfires.

    Dylan is survived by his fiancé, Renee Patterson; his children, Britney Farmer of Big Stone Gap and Andrew Farmer of Coeburn; father, Gary Farmer (Debbie) of Big Stone Gap; mother, Judy Carter, Bristol; sisters, Tiffany Wagner (Mark) of Big Stone Gap and Jessica McClure, Lexington, Ky.; bonus children, Chasity Lane and Michael Patterson, Big Stone Gap and Amber Lane of Andover; and his nieces and nephews, Trevor Wagner, Roman Wagner, Ivan Wagner, Haley Wagner and Hannah Wagner. He is also survived by bonus grandchildren and a host of friends.

    Arrangements were private.  A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.

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

    You may visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

Richmond, Va.-Marie Herring Phillips, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, Va.

      She worked for Bank of America, 17 years of service.  She was very involved in her churches, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. and later Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Samuel Phillips, Jr. on September 15, 2019.

      She is survived by three children, Cynthia Merworth, Nelson S. Phillips, III, and Robin O’Leary; ten grandchildren; one sister, Ella Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

      Mrs. Phillips’ services were private and she was laid to rest at the Maury Cemetery, 2700 Maury Road, Richmond, Va.

      Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory in Big Stone Gap, Va. is honored to serve Mrs. Phillips’ family.

Keokee, Va.-Tonya Miller Devlin, 42, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at her home.

     She was born in Norton, Va., and lived in Keokee, Va. for most of her life.  Tonya was a graduate of Appalachia High School and served as an R.N. at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap for several years.

     She is survived by her daughters, Carrie Rich and Morgan Ruth Gilliam, of the home; her parents, George and Mary Ann (Rose) Miller, Sr.; and a brother, George “Little John” Miller, Jr., all of Keokee, Va.

     Services are private.

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Tonya Devlin’s family.

    To leave a condolence, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

The public graveside service has been cancelled. 

Big Stone Gap, VA - Nelson Opitz, 67, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at his residence

Services are private.

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

Wise, VA - Barbara Smith, 74, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, VA with her loving family by her side. She was a member of the Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name for many years and worked as a nurse for Heritage Hall Nursing Home.  Barbara “JoAnn” was a resident of Roda, VA for many years.

     Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin T. and Bessie Pitts Yardley; her husband, Charles R. Smith and daughter Sherry Davidson.  She is survived by her children; Donald Smith, Knoxville, TN, Buffy Stacy, Appalachia, VA, Charlee Johnson (Richard), and Robin Rhea Smith (Becky), Wise, VA.  Also surviving her are several grandchildren, and several great grandchildren, along with a host of friends.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Friday, March 13, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Funeral Services will follow at 7:00pm with Eddie Clifton officiating.  Graveside services will be Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Powell Valley Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA at 1:00pm. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home at 12:20pm to leave in procession to the cemetery.

     Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Ms. Barbara Smith.

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

Exeter, Va.-Pebble Gay Shuler Herron, 71, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at her home.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Mary Magdalene (Stidham) Shuler; sisters, Louise Adams, Betty Montgomery, Roxie Hartsock, Bernice Adams and Eva Jean Phillips; brothers, Paul Shuler, Rudolph Shuler, Steve Shuler, and Harry Shuler.

     Surviving are her sons, Glen (Carol) Shuler, Big Stone Gap, and Junior (Amanda) Herron, Exeter, Va.; daughter, Stephanie Clymer (Matt); four granddaughters, Amy Shuler, Tamara Shuler, Emily Shuler and Caitlyn Clymer; great granddaughter, Kylie Peters; two brothers, Carl Stidham (Louise), Norton, Va. and James Stidham (Ruth Ann), Stonega, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The services for Pebble Herron are private.

     To send a condolence, see our condolence prompt on the website.

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Lucy Marie Hansel, 103, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Lee Health and Rehab in Pennington Gap, Va.

     She was a native of Harlan, Ky.  She was a member of the Sunshine Baptist Church, Harlan, Ky.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hansel; son, Earl Hansel; her parents, Henry and Victoria (Landham) Moore; and four sisters and one brother.

     Surviving are her son, Ronnie Hansel and his wife, Linda Tingley Hansel, Boynton Beach, Fl.; daughter-in-law, Sue Shackleford Hansel, Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, David Hansel, Rhonda Collier (Alan), Jeffrey Hansel (Janine), Brian Hansel; great grandchildren, Aaron Collier (Shauna), Joe Collier, Lauren and Brock Hansel, and Taylor and Zachary Hansel; and great-great granddaughter, Meredith Jane Collier.; several nieces and nephews; and special family, Jeff and Karen Phillips, Jay Phillips and Jerry Phillips.

     The family will receive friends 10am-11am Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap.  The service will follow at 11am with Pastor Alan Collier officiating.

     Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, 3000 Hwy 840, Baxter, Ky. 40806.  Family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 2:00pm.

     Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Teresa Gayle Wells Bush, 64, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tn.

        Born in Norton, Va., Teresa lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap.  She was a retired Department Manager for Walmart in Big Stone Gap. 

        She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ricky Ventors and her second husband, Jerry Bush; her parents, Robert Pat Wells and Helen Virginia Maples Wells; sister, Libby C. Coffey; and longtime friend and companion, Doyle Phipps.

        Surviving are her brothers, Ronald Dennis Wells (Sue) and Barry Wells (Martha), both of Norton, Va., and Douglas “Peewee” Wells (Lynn), Big Stone Gap; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chasity Castle and Kathy Stanley.

        A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020, at American Legion Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Wells, Jr. officiating.

       In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a local charity organization of one’s choice.

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

       Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Bush’s family.

Duffield, Va.-Marie Bishop, 88, of the Jasper Community, entered her Heavenly home Sunday, March 22, 2020, at her residence.

     She was born in Scott County, Va. and lived most of her life in the Jasper Community.  She loved gardening, cooking, canning and taking care of her grandchildren.  She was of Baptist faith.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Bishop; two sons, Kenneth Bishop, Jr. and Sonny Bishop; daughter, Una Stanley; parents, Emory and Laura (Frazier) Gilliam; and several brothers and sisters.

     Surviving are two sons, Willard Bishop (Virginia) and Jimmy Bishop (Pam); two daughters, Berda Wallen and Loretta James (Rusty), all of Duffield; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother, Loren Gilliam, Mabe, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

    A graveside service will be conducted 2:00p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Meredith Cemetery in the Jasper Community, with Pastor Billy Wells officiating.  Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  Family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 1:50p.m. on Wednesday.

    Friends and family are welcome at Marie’s home anytime, 221 Bishop Village Drive, Duffield, Va.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Rebecca Sue Clark Fleenor, 71, entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior, Monday, March 9, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.

   Becky, as she was affectionately known, was a native of Appalachia, Va.  She worked at the former Miss Virginia Sewing Factory, Lonesome Pine Hospital for 40 years, serving in various capacities, and in her later years, she worked in the cafeteria at Union High School.  She was a member of First Christian Church, Appalachia and Andover Community Church.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred M. Clark, Sr. and Madeline (Blair) Clark; an infant sister, Delores Ann Clark; sister, Mary Elizabeth Fannon; and a brother, Daniel Bruce Clark.

   Surviving are her daughters, Cindy Thompson (Derrick), Big Stone Gap and Sabra Danielle Clark, Radford, Va.; her son, Michael Joshua Fleenor (Shannon), Appalachia, Va.; grandchildren, Evan Clark, Malic Thompson, Tristan Clark, Quincy Thompson, Sydney Madison Clark, Preston Clark, and Daryan Thompson; great grandchildren, Kiah Thompson and Kehlani Clark; brothers, Fred M. Clark, Jr. (Polly) and Paul E. Clark, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

   The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 2:00pm Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm with Pastor Tony Nunley and Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.

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

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Fleenor’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ada L. Chandler Smith, 53, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center.

   Ada was a former CNA at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ochia (Begley) Chandler; and a brother, Billy Ray Chandler.

   She is survived by her daughter, Amber Nicole Riley (Shawn), Appalachia, Va.; son, Trey Smith (Jodi), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Morgan Breann Stewart, Lillian Grace Gibson, Shawn Riley and Camerann Riley; step grandchildren, Ian Skeens and Axton Skeens; sisters, Linda Quillen (Roy), Barbara Collier (Wayne), Elizabeth Bowman (Hurk), and twin sister, Ava Shuler (Jody), all of Big Stone Gap, Kim Russell (Clayton) and Karen Funderburg (Brian), Florence, Al.; brothers, Jerry Chandler (Pat) and Danny Chandler, both of Big Stone Gap; several nieces and nephews and a special niece, Skye Waddle; and a special friend, Charlotte Paul of Minnesota.

    The family will receive friends 5:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap.

The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Josh Tompkins officiating.

   A graveside service will be conducted 11:00am Wednesday at American Legion Cemetery.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

  Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ada Smith’s family.

East Stone Gap, Va.-Mildred Skeen Thomas Slagle passed away on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Norton, VA at the age of 101 years old.  She was a graduate of East Stone Gap High School, a member of the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church and was employed by Old Dominion Power Company for more than 38 years.

   Mildred was preceded in death by her first husband Carl Vernon Thomas; her second husband J.B. Slagle; her parents, Judge P. Skeen and Birdie Dorton Skeen; sister Carrie Orr, and several nieces and nephews.

   Surviving are her son, Carl Ray Thomas; her grandchildren, Tim Thomas, Daphne Thomas Fitzpatrick and Chad Thomas, and three great grandchildren.

   The family will receive friends from 12pm-2pm Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church.  The funeral service will follow at 2pm with Rev. Brad Stapleton and Rev. Norman Clark officiating.

   Burial will follow in the Skeen Family Cemetery, Big Stone Gap.

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

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

Appalachia, Va.-Loretta C. Fannon, 73, of the Roda community, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center.’

     She was a native of Appalachia, Va.  She was a sales clerk for Black Diamond #3.  She was a member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church.

     She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Cassie Fannon; parents, Venus and Conley C. Collins; brothers, Bill Collins, Tom Collins, Roy Collins, Bobby Collins and Charlie Collins; and sisters, Sue Kinser and Francis Stacy.

     She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bill Fannon; her children, Melinda Bowman (Ronnie Kelly) and Sonjia Haynes, Appalachia, Va., Kim Bowman (Daniel), Big Stone Gap, Bill Fannon, Jr. (Michele), Seminary, Va. and Sebrina Fannon (Hank Lawson), Imboden, Va.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; three sister, Nancy Townsend (Roy), Roberta Gardner and Alice Collins; brothers, Jimmy Collins (Lisa) and Kyle Collins (Wendy); several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

      The family will receive friends 5pm to 7pm Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7pm with Pastor Roger Barker, Minister Rick Kilmon and Dr. Roy Smith officiating.

      Graveside services will be held at 11:00am Friday at American Legion Cemetery.  The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.

      Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, VA – William “Bud” Hurd passed away Friday, February 28, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Axley and Ella Hurd; sister, Wilma Blakemore and brothers, John David Hurd and Danny Hurd. 

    Surviving are his children, Marty Hurd (Marsha), Eddie Hurd (Tammy), Anthony Hurd (Brenda) and Angela Swecker (Jay), and Rodney Hurd (Gussie) all of Kingsport, TN; siblings, Patricia Watkins of Big Stone Gap and Cathy Clark of Pennington Gap, mother of his children, Doris Calton, a special nephew, Tim Watkins (Karen) of Big Stone Gap; sixteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild, and a host of nieces and nephews. A special thanks to his caregiver, Raymond Collier. 

    The family will receive friends for visitation and viewing on Monday, March 2, 2020, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W, Big Stone Gap. Funeral Services will follow in the chapel at 7:00pm with Pastor James Holcomb officiating. 

    Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 1:00pm at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with Cotton Gardner officiating. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession at 12:30pm. 

    To leave online condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Venson Wayne Baker, 61, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

     He was born in Kingsport, Tn., grew up in Duffield, Va. and lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap.  He worked for Glass Machinery for 20 years and English Construction for 22 years.  He was of Baptist faith.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Gladys (Bowen) Baker; and one brother, Junior Baker.

     Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Jewel Baker; two daughters, Cynthia Rhoton (Scott), Blackwater, Va. and Felicia Peck (Zac), Church Hill, Tn.; granddaughter, Harper Peck; brother, Wilburn Baker (Lena), Jonesville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will be conducted 12 noon

Wednesday with Carl Rogers ministering.

     Burial will follow at the Baker Family Cemetery, Sourwood Drive, Cliff Mountain, Duffield, Va.

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

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

    East Stone Gap, Va.-Donald “Jay” Horner, 72, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Fourth Floor. He was born in Exeter Va., and had lived in East Stone Gap and Rose Hill, Va.  

      He was a brick mason, a coal miner for Westmoreland Coal Company and member of the

U.M.W.A.  

      He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Thelma Swiney Horner; parents, Hurtus and Rose (Hall) Horner; siblings Joe Horner, Jean Vocke, Dot King, and Billie June Ramsey.  

    Surviving are his daughter, Valerie (Scott) Arnette of Zanesville, Oh.; son, Allen (Kimberly) Horner of Big Stone Gap, Va.; grandchildren, Scotty, Kalee, Jessica, Gabe, Kyndra, Sophie, and Brooklyn; great grandchildren, Peyton, Alijah, Emily, Harper; siblings, Larry Horner, Linda Arnette, Barbara Edens; Judy Farmer and Teresa Wells; and several nieces and nephews.

      The family will receive friends from 5pm-7pm on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va.  The funeral service will follow at 7pm in the chapel with Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.

      Graveside services will be conducted at 11am on Saturday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Family members and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20am Saturday to travel in procession to the cemetery.

        Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

        Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Jay Horner’s family.

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Cecile A. Taylor, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away at age 80 on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Wexford House in Kingsport, Tn.

   She was a world traveler who lived in several countries throughout her lifetime, including the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia, as well as many states in the USA. She could not have been prouder of her family, whom she adored.

   She was a member of the Heritage Church of God in Big Stone Gap, where she served as a committee and choir member as well as helping to prepare community dinners with her church friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, William Arch and Mollie (Collier) Allen; brother, Glen Allen; and sisters, Betty Buck and Helen McDonnell.

   Surviving are her daughter, Renee Taylor of Kingsport, Tn.; son, Mark Taylor (Wilma), Crestview, Fl.; two grandchildren, Aaron Davis (Lisa), Big Stone Gap and Kirstie Gordon (Mark), Crawfordville, Fl.; great granddaughter, Brenna Mae Gordon; two brothers, Jimmy Allen (Lucy), Speedwell, Tn. and Archie Allen, Caribou, Me.; and several nieces and nephews.

    A graveside service will be conducted 10:00am Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at Glencoe Cemetery in Big Stone Gap with Rev. Raymond Moore officiating.  The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 9:30am Friday to go in procession.

    The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Heritage Church of God, 775 Wood Ave., E., Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.

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

    Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Taylor’s family.

Bridgeport, WV/Big Stone Gap, VA

      Ronald C. “Ronny” Coughlin, 69, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at McLeod Hospice House, Florence, SC, following an extended illness.

      He was born in Appalachia, Va. to the late Leeroy C. “L. C.” and Nina (Stauffer) Coughlin, was raised in Big Stone Gap, VA, was a 1969 graduate of Powell Valley High School and had lived in Bridgeport, WV since 1988. He was a coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Co. for 15 years, member of the U.M.W.A. and then served as Assistant Plant Manager for Nalco Chemical Co. in Bridgeport, WV for ten years.  He loved animals, hunting, Harley motorcycles and was an antique collector.  He was of Baptist faith.

     Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Katherine Coughlin; two sons, Dr. Eric (Brittney) Coughin, Florence, SC and Justin Coughlin, Bridgeport, WV; granddaughter, Amelia Coughlin, Florence, SC; brother, Bob (Pat) Coughlin, Big Stone Gap, VA; two sisters, Jan Coughlin and Kaye Mink, both of Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 5pm-7PM Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 7pm with Dr. Garrett Sheldon officiating.

     A graveside committal service will be conducted at 11am Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends are asked to meet at Gilliam F. H. by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

     The pallbearers will be:  Eric Coughlin, Justin Coughlin, Jerred Mink, Kaleb Mink, Chad Herndon, Bob Coughlin and Larry Daniel.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the M.E.O.C. Fuel Fund, P. O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.  

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

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

Big Stone Gap, VA-Jean DeVault Hendrick, 91, passed away surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 after a long, hard fought battle with kidney disease.  

    Born March 6, 1928, she was a native of Bluefield, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Victor Reid and Mary Galloway DeVault.  

    Her husband, Bill was the former Editor and Manager of The Post and Wise Printing Company, and Jean could always be found working in the front office, right beside her beloved husband.  Jean was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Big Stone Gap.  While at Trinity, she cherished singing in the chancel choir, retiring after her failing eyesight.

As an active member of her community, Jean served on several committees and organizations. She was a member of the Big Stone Gap Music Study Club’s annual productions of Broadway musicals.  In the production Fiddler on the Roof, she showcased her skills as a violinist as the fiddler. Jean was a member of the Big Stone Gap Garden Club, Community Concerts Tours and the Community Chorus.  Jean volunteered with The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama for many years.  She was a member of the Blue Fox Guild of the John Fox, Jr. House.

     She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ellen Fraley.  Jean is survived by her beloved husband, Bill Hendrick, of 60 years; four daughters, Rebecca (Becky) Duncan of Orlando, Florida; Diane (Jerry) Marks of Lebanon, Ohio; Jamie Hendrick of Big Stone Gap; Paige (Chris) Crafton of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and honorary son, Tim (Patty) Trent of Farmville, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey (Tammy) Duncan, Len Woodrough, Megan (Hans) Wagner, Bethany (Kyle) Rogers, Jaren (Haley) Kegley, Taylor Crafton and Zakary Crafton; and honorary grandchild Katy Trent; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; niece Karen Fraley Bumgardner and nephew Reid Fraley.  

    Special thanks to LifeCare Ambulance Service, MEOC Transportation, Fresenius Dialysis (Norton and Kingsport), Asbury Place (Baysmont House), and caregivers for their untiring dedication.

    The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 203 E. First Street, S., Big Stone Gap.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Burlingham officiating.  Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.   

     Honorary pallbearers will be: Jaren Kegley, Zak Crafton, Jeffrey Duncan, Tim Trent, Jerry Marks, Chris Crafton, Hans Wagner and Kyle Rogers.                                                                  

     The family requests memorials be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital (Westin Dietz Memorial Foundation), 1801 Holton Avenue E., Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219, or to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 203 E. First Street, S., Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219. 

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

     Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Hendrick family.

    Wise VA – Sherry Meadows Holbrook passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Holston 

Valley Medical Center in Kingsport TN. 

    She was preceded in death by her father Charles Meadows. 

    Surviving are her children, Ashley Meadows of Pound, Jordan Adkins (Elizabeth) of Wise and 

Sammatha Adkins of Kingsport. Her mother, Sharron Meadows of Wise. Siblings Larry Meadows

of Norton and Melissa Gardner (Gordon) of Wise. Grandchildren, Adian Meadows, Aaliyah 

Taylor, Ashlynn Meadows, and Dominick Adkins.

    Final arrangements will be private. 

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Sherry Holbrook

Appalachia, VA – Roy Cecil Baldwin, Sr., 66, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital.  He had worked as a mechanic his entire life. He loved working on and riding motorcycles. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Wilma Baldwin, his son, Roy Cecil Baldwin, Jr., and his brothers, Buddy Darnell and Carl Baldwin.

   Roy is survived by his wife, Roxanna Baldwin of the home; his daughters, Rachel (Doug) Davidson of Appalachia and Christine Lee (Shine) Dotson of Appalachia; brothers, Gene Baldwin of Texas and Teddy Ray Baldwin of Indiana; his brothers-in-law Robert Lovell (Kathy) of Erie, PA and William Lovell (Carolyn) of Appalachia; his grandchildren, Jody Davidson (Jennifer) and their children, Joana & Jaden, Harley Davidson, Kailey Davidson, Sebastian Davidson, Deseria Baldwin, Ariel Dotson, Allison DeLong, Sonny DeLong, Briley DeLong, Farrah Baldwin, Chase Baldwin and Corey Baldwin; his great-grandchildren, Ryan Tompkins, Dominic Lee Davidson, Mila Stanley, Amyah Stanley, Taylah Eads (Tater) and Bonnie Natalia Perez Rojas and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be conducted at American Legion Cemetery on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:00 am with Elder Carolyn Smith officiating. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery for the service.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to Gilliam Funeral Home to help with expenses.

   Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Roy Baldwin, Sr.

Coeburn VA - Joseph Estle Turner, Sr passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at his residence. 

    Mr Turner was preceded in death by his wife, June Turner; parents, Wentford and Nellie Greer Mullins.

    Final arrangements are private. 

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

Wise, Va.-Roy Nelson Taylor, 75, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Norton (Va.) Community Hospital.

     He was born and raised in Wise, Va., lived in Toledo, Oh. for 17 years, and returned to Wise County in 1985.  He was a self-employed Muffler Mechanic for several years.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran of Vietnam.  Roy attended Beverly Hills Tabernacle Church in Wise.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Evans Taylor and Ellen Marie (Moore) Taylor.

     Roy is survived by his former wife of 25 years, Barbara Taylor, Norton, Va. and their two daughters, Ellen Greene (Robert), Derby, Va. and Holly Dickenson (Michael), Big Stone Gap; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; many “grandchildren” and “great grandchildren” he claimed as his own; one brother, Danny Taylor, Norton, Va.; three sisters, Patsy Hensley, Clinchport, Va., Diana Stacy and Shelia Vanover, both of Wise; and several nieces and nephews.

     A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the First Church of God, 10th St., NW and Park Ave., SW, Norton, Va. with Shine Dotson officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gilliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 886, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.

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

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

    Big Stone Gap, VA – Billy Joe Riddle Jr. passed away Friday, January 24, 2020, at his residence. 

Billy Joe was a life long resident of the area and had worked in construction most of his life.  He was of the Baptist faith. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Joe and Barbara Ann Riddle Sr.; a sister, Beverly Riddle Hall; brothers, Bobby Jack Riddle and Roger Dale “Bud” Riddle and a nephew, B.J. Riddle.

    Surviving are his wife, Bernita Gilley Riddle of the home; children, Emmitte Joe Riddle and Casey Lynn Riddle of the home and Roger Dale Riddle of Big Stone Gap; sister, Barbara Riddle Bolling of Appalachia.  He is also survived my several nieces, nephews and great nieces.   

    The family will receive friends for a visitation Monday, January 27, 2020, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Inman Baptist Church. The memorial service will follow at 7:00pm. 

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

    

 

 

Big Stone Gap, VA-June Smith Dickenson, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at University of Tenn. Medical Center.

     She was a lifelong resident of the Crackers Neck community and had lived at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, TN for the past five years.  June was a cook with Powell Valley High School and the Mutual Pharmacy.  She loved bluegill fishing.  She was a member of Durham’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Crackers Neck and served as treasurer for many years.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Edith (Minor) Smith; and a sister, Debbie Phillips (Roger).

     Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Lowell Dickenson; three daughters, Kim Blanken (Brian), Big Stone Gap, Carmen Talley (Danny), Murfreesboro, TN, and Cindy Hayden (Hershiel, Jr.), Duffield, VA; four grandchildren, Melissa Barczak (Jeff), Randi Jackson (Josh), Travis Kilgore and Charley Borum (Anthony); five great grandchildren, Brayden, Ava, Slate, Hailey and Eli; sisters, Nell Bolling (Allister), Franklin, OH, Ann Gilley (John) and Sandra Bowman (Kenneth), Big Stone Gap; brothers, Elmer Smith (Nancy, deceased), Gulfport, MS, Darise Smith, Longdale, OK and Mitchell Smith (Sandee), Rockledge, FL; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Glenda Southers and Nancy Oney; and brother-in-law, Garry Dickenson.

      The family will receive friends from 1pm to 3pm Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will follow at 3pm with the Rev. Jonah Ray Shoop and Greg Shoop officiating.

      Burial will follow at Barker Cemetery in the Crackers Neck community.  Pallbearers will be:  Brian Blanken, Danny Talley, Jeff Barczak, Brayden Barczak, Chad Dickenson, Hunter Dickenson and Hershiel Hayden, Jr.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Raymond Vern Cather, 67, passed away Tuesday, January

 14, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.

     He was born in Hammond, In. and was a mechanic for U-Haul. He had lived in Big Stone Gap for the past several years.

     He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rachelle Cather; parents, Vern Cather, Jr. and Josephine Matte (Wallace) Cather; and a sister, Sandra Gottlieb.

     Surviving are his wife, Sharon Cather; daughters, Danielle Cather of Big Stone Gap and Betty Cather of Hobart, In.; sisters, Shirley Owens (Jerry) of Appalachia, Va., and Beverly Cather, Big Stone Gap; and brother, Michael Cather of Arizona.

     Arrangements were private.

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

                        Big Stone Gap, Va.-Earl R. “Early P” Bentley, 76, passed away at Lonesome                         Pine Hospital and went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 15,                           2020.

    He was born and raised in Big Stone Gap and also lived in Ormond Beach, Fl.  Early P worked at Purity Baking Co., Elkins Coal Co., Westmoreland Coal Co., was owner/operator of Hodaka Motorcycle Sales, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, owner/operator of Valley Performance Used Cars, and Freedom Ford, Wise, Va., where he was Salesman of the Month, each month for over 20 years, and retiring there in 2019. He loved his family, hunting, fishing, selling vehicles and traveling with his companion, Vanessa Fleming, and his pets, Sparkie, Katie, Berkley, Pixel and Jr.  He was of Pentecostal faith.  Until we meet again, we love you.

    He was preceded in death his wife, Patricia Adams Bentley; son, Earl “Bull” Bentley, Jr.; parents, Rev. Edward Earl and Golda Mae (Wade) Bentley; sisters, Merrywyn Bentley and Doris Marie Hamm; nephew, Randall Keith Hamm and brother-in-law, George Lewis.

    Surviving are his daughter, Maria Stidham (Matt), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Brandon Bentley, Cincinnati, Oh. and Luke Stidham, East Stone Gap, Va.; companion, Vanessa Fleming, of the home; sister, Kay Lewis, Big Stone Gap, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and caregiver, Donna Adams.   The pallbearers will be:  Trevor Hamm of Keokee, Va., Lindsey “Sonny” Hamm, Rockwall, Tx., Jason Collins, Big Stone Gap and Freedom Ford, John Hall, Wise, Va. and Freedom Ford, Josh Hillman, Lebanon, Va. and Freedom Ford, Malcomb Freeman, Villa Hills, Ky., Charles Lambert, Nolesville, Tn. and Luke Stidham, East Stone Gap, Va.

    The family would like to send a special thanks to his Freedom Ford family for the good times with Earl.

    The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at New Hope Assembly of God, 1405 1stAvenue, E., Big Stone Gap.  The funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church with Dr. Lonnie Brooks, Dr. Roy Smith and Pastor Rick Whitten officiating.  Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Richard Allen Griffin, 63, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.

      A lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, Richard was a 1975 graduate of Powell Valley High School.  He was a tanker driver for Southwest Oil Co., APPCO, and Childers Oil Co., for over 40 years.  Richard loved to work on and ride his Harley motorcycle.  

      He was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard Allen Griffin, Jr.; parents, Eunice and Lotus (Neeley) Griffin, Sr.; brother, Paul Griffin; and a niece, Sonya Griffin.

      Richard is survived by his wife of 13 years, Charlotte (Lane) Griffin; sister, Peggy Griffin Von Weimer, Arlington, Va.; brother, Eunice Griffin, Jr. (Gloria), Prince George, Va.; several nieces and nephews; a special sister-in-law, Ellen Nickels; stepsons, Steve Lawson, Big Stone Gap and Hank Lawson, Exeter, Va.; and step grandchildren, Cody Lawson, Atlanta, Ga. and Cheyenne Lawson, Gray, Tn.

      The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap, Va.  Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. James Holcomb officiating.  

      A graveside service will be conducted 11 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:  Steve Lawson, Hank Lawson, Cody Lawson, Jeff Galloway, Eddie Galloway and Dallas Sturgill.

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

      Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve Richard Griffin’s family

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Herbert Lee Flanary, 91, passed away peacefully at Holston Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

      He was born in Arno, Va. on Nov. 8, 1928. He was a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia and was currently living in Olinger, Va.  He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Co. and a 70-year member of the U. M. W. A., District #19, Local #1055. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing salad peas.  He loved watching the Powell Valley Vikings play football.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Laney Flanary; parents, Rev. James Vilder and Vestie Flanary; grandson, Presley Lee Flanary; five brothers, Earl, Ed, Ray, Ralph and Melvin Flanary; and six sisters, Ethel, Eppie, Virgie, Thelma, Dovie and Barbara.

     Surviving are his children, Carson, Bill, and Tracy Flanary, Big Stone Gap; Kenneth Flanary and wife, Zella, Olinger, Va.; Judy Kelley and husband, David of Big Stone Gap, and Janice Flanary of Franklin, Oh.; grandchildren, Charles Phipps of Big Stone Gap; Brett and Caroline Douglas and children, Mary and Chad, Big Stone Gap; Chris Flanary and his son, Christopher, Franklin, Oh., Nathan and Candace Flanary, Big Stone Gap and Katelyn Flanary and her sons, Brydon and Jaxen, Kingsport, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Adam Swinney officiating.

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

     Pallbearers will be Kenneth Flanary, Nathan Flanary, Tracy Flanary, Bill Flanary, Chris Flanary, Brett Douglas, Charles Phipps and David Kelley.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Raymond Lester, 80, passed away on January 26, 2020 at his home.

      He was born January 16, 1940 in Flat Lick, Ky.  He was a retired welder with the Westmoreland Coal Co. and a member of the U. M. W. A. District #17, Local #1607.  He was a member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church.

      He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Lester; and his son, Kevin Lester.

      Surviving are his daughters, Anna Lester, Big Stone Gap and Kim Schill (Kent), Lebanon, Oh.; and grandchildren, Emma “Boo” Raelyn Lester, Casey Barnett, Katie Barnett, Tyler Trimbach, Jasmine Trimbach, Haley Trimbach and Noah Trimbach.

      The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va.   The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Garvey Collins and Grayson Cothran officiating.

      Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Appalachia, Va.-Harold Franklin McFarland, 78, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the V. A. Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tn.

     He was a native of Dunbar, Va. and had lived in the Andover community since 2007.  Harold was an electrician with the Westmoreland Coal Co. and Cumberland Resources. He was a member of the U.M.W.A., Local #1607.  Harold loved model trains and working on the layout’s landscape.  He loved westerns on television.  

     He was preceded in death by, two infant daughters, Christina and Trina McFarland; parents, James and Mary (Klepper) McFarland; one brother, James C. “Mac” McFarland; an infant sister, Claudia McFarland; and a son-in-law, Michael Robinette.

     Harold is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vesta (Huff) McFarland; children, Tammy Morris (Eric) Kingsport, Tn., Mary Ann Hensley (Tim), Norton, Va., Steven McFarland (Melissa), Appalachia, Va. and Karen Robinette, Talbott, Tn.; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; siblings, Bobby McFarland (Betty), Cement, Ok., Thelma Cornett, Seffner, Fl., Thomas McFarland (Imogene), Panama City, Fl., John Carl McFarland (Brenda), Manassas Park, Va., Linda Dorethea Vanover, Columbus, Oh., Kenneth McFarland, Dunbar, Va., Ralph McFarland (Wanda), Norton, Va. Margaret Lambert (Forrest), Stonega, Va. and Rosemary Browning (Roger), Dunbar, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Hunter McFarland officiating. 

     A military graveside rite, by the American Legion Post #3/265, will be 1:00pm Friday, January 31, 2020 at Mountain Home Veterans Cemetery, 53 Memorial Ave., Mountain Home, Tn.  The family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 12:45 p.m. Friday.

     Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Harold Wayne Kilgore, 63, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home.

     Harold lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap.  He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Co., 25 years of service, and was a proud member of the Virginia Mine Rescue Team.  Harold loved sports, drawing and photography of the outdoors.  His door was always open to anyone in need.  He loved sharing his love of animals with young people.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Essie (Belcher) Kilgore; and two brothers, Paul Kilgore and J. B. Kilgore.

     He is survived by his daughter, Miranda Kilgore and her wife, Katrina Kilgore, Big Stone Gap; son, Derrick Kilgore, of the home; grandchildren, Kayley Kilgore, Greyson Kilgore and Lauren Kilgore; brothers, his twin, Darrell Kilgore, Manassas, Va., Carlus Kilgore, Tucson, Az., and Franklin “Buddy” Kilgore, Wise, Va.; sisters, Sue Phipps, Manassas, Va., Shirley Holloway, Jarrett, Va., Helen Godfrey, Richmond, Va. and Pat Connell, Norton, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

     Arrangements are private.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Helen Combs Clark, 74, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.

      She lived her entire in the Big Stone Gap/Appalachia area, worked in the billing and insurance office of the Big Stone Gap Clinic and also, Diagnostic Imaging.  Helen attended Oak Grove Baptist Church, loved collecting cookbooks and recipes, and was a lover of pets, having raised Boston Terriers.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Combs and Charlotte (Lipps) Miller.

     Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Larry Clark; daughter, Melissa Bledsoe of Big Stone Gap; grandson, Daniel Seth Bledsoe; brother, Alan Combs (Janice) of Jonesborough, Tn.; and uncle, Gale Combs (Charlotte) of Big Stone Gap.

     The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm Friday, January 10, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W. in Big Stone Gap.  A funeral service will follow at 7pm with the Rev. Bud Kilbourne officiating.

     A graveside service will be held at 11am Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  The family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. on Saturday.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ted Wayne Thompson, 70, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  He was born May 19, 1949 at Osaka, Va.

     Ted graduated from Appalachia High School in 1968 and attended Milligan College in Milligan, Tn., earning a BS in Psychology.  He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Radford University.  Ted spent most of his life in service to the students of Wise County.  He retired after 32 years as a teacher, counselor and 22 years as a school bus driver at Appalachia Elementary School.  After retirement, Ted spent nearly two years working the Wise Choice Program through Wise County and as a counselor at the Alternative Education School in Wise.  Ted was elected to the Wise County School Board, serving as chairperson for three of the four years.  Ted was proud to have served during the difficult time of school consolidation of the county high schools.  After his tenure, he served the students as an employee of Family Preservation Services and later as an employee of Health Connect America.

     Ted was preceded in death by his dear wife, Linda, after 45 short years of marriage; by his father and mother, Raymond and Nannie (Frazier) Thompson; three brothers, Elmer “Buster” Thompson, Herbert Thompson and Ronnie Thompson and four sisters, Kathleen Hunter, Vivian Nick, Betty Raleigh and Virginia “Jenny” Bailey.

     Ted is survived by two daughters, Michelle Dean (John) and Nicole Whitt (Richard); seven grandchildren, Rachel Thompson (Brandon Cvengros), Ty Dean, Morgan Dean, Skyler Dean, Dalton Lawson, Lyla Lawson and Benjamin Whitt; two sisters, Louise Shuler and Dorothy Field (Keith); one brother, Fred Thompson (Barbara) and numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 4pm to 6pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap.  A memorial service will follow at 6pm with Pastor Phillip Bates officiating.  Music will be provided by Tim Cooper.

    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Central High School, 5000 Warrior Drive, Norton, Va.  24273, for the Ted Thompson Fund.  This fund will aid the children with specific needs with whom he worked.

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

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

Murfreesboro, Tenn.-Effie Louise Dulaney, age 74, passed away in her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Friday, January 3, 2020. 

     She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Jack E. Dulaney, a native of Big Stone Gap, VA.

     Effie, born September 2, 1945 in Loudon County, TN, was a former Sunday school teacher and active church member throughout her life, most recently attending Fellowship Bible Church, River Oaks Community Church, and Westwood Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. She retired from Nissan where she worked for 17 years.

     Effie is survived by her son, Thomas Grizzle and wife Bonnie of Ranger, GA; son, Ben Dulaney of Nashville; daughter, Rebekah Folts and husband Chad of Round Rock, TX; grandsons Austin Grizzle, Lincoln, Lawson, and Hudson Folts; siblings, Raymond Jenkins, Barbara Marshall, John Jenkins, Freda Ratledge, Gary Jenkins, and Janice Kelly, all residents of East Tennessee; and members of her husband’s family, including her sister-in-law, Rubye Kress of Big Stone Gap.

     The family will receive friends from 12-1pm, Thursday, January 9 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue West, Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 1pm.

     Graveside services will be at Glencoe Cemetery immediately following the funeral.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Wanda Lillie Pleasant  Akens, 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at Johnson City (Tn.) Medical Center. She was born August 21, 1934 in Roda, Va.

    Lillie was a resident of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She helped with her husband’s company, as a secretary.  Lillie was a member of Cadet Primitive Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap.  She started attending and singing in the church at the age of five.  Lillie was a Sunday School teacher for 25 years.  God blessed her with a beautiful voice and was the song leader there for over 60 years and sang in the Cadet Quartet for many years.

    Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Lynn Akens, Jr.; parents, Richard Frank and Ada (McBride) Pleasant; five brothers, Lester, Frank, Harold, Vernon and Kenneth Pleasant; and one sister, Virginia Lane.

    Surviving are her daughters, Teresa McGuire (Bill), and Vicky Jones (Roy), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Angela Tignor (Travis), and Stewart McGuire, Big Stone Gap; Josh Jones (Ashley), Bristol, Va., Justin Jones (Sheri), Pearisburg, Va.; one step grandson William McGuire III (Linda); great grandchildren, Matthew Owens, Jess Owens, Stewart McGuire, Jr., Leah Jones and Nora Jones; step great grandchildren, Jordan, Morgan and Caitlin McGuire; great-great grandchildren, Brayden and Alexander Owens; step great-great grandchildren, Aleah and Kaydin McGuire; three sisters, Irene Douglas, Kingsport, Tn., Patricia Leonard, Hampton, Va., and Pansey (Joe) Giza, Morristown, Tn.; sisters-in-law, Marie Pleasant, Gerline Grey and Tanya Guess; brother-in-law, Kenneth R. Akens (Shirley); many nieces, nephews, friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ; and her church bench buddy, Lois Collier.

    The family will receive friends 6 pm to 8pm Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W. in Big Stone Gap . The funeral service will conducted 12 noon Sunday at the Cadet Primitive Baptist Church, 1117 Main Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, with Elder John Banks and Elder Burnice Sybert officiating.  Entombment service will follow at the Glencoe Cemetery Mausoleum will follow.

    Pallbearers will be:  Stewart McGuire, Josh Jones, Justin Jones, Matthew Owens, Jess Owens and Stewart McGuire, Jr.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Patty Lynn McKinney Chandler, 68, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

    She was a member of the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church and served as Sunday school teacher for over 40 years.  She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and a wonderful friend who will be missed by all.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Brown McKinney; brother, Ralph McKinney; and daughter, Caramilita Vicars.

    Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Jack Chandler; daughter, Jackie Barker, Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Clay Barker, Adam Swinney and Ashley Swinney; mother, Hazel McKinney; brothers, Eddie McKinney (Beverly), Roger McKinney (Janice) and Terry McKinney (Cathy), all of Big Stone Gap; sister-in-law, Deanna McKinney, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1pm Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor James Holcomb officiating. 

     Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap with Adam Swinney officiating.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

     The family requests, instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church Sunday School Fund, P. O. Box 746, Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219.

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

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

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Shelia C. Barnett, 61, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at her home.

     She was preceded in death by her father, Sam A. Chandler; a brother, Sammy Chandler and brother-in-law, Jim Rutherford; step-father, Tommy Sturgill and father-in-law, Hagy Barnett.

     Surviving are her husband, Eddie “Bear” Barnett; daughter, Teri Barnett; mother, Ruby (Laney) Chandler Sturgill; sister, Regina Rutherford of Big Stone Gap; three nieces, Jamie Givens, Shannon Phillips and Jessie Chandler; great nephews, Connor Givens and Chase Robbins; mother-in-law, Hyson Barnett; brother-in-law, Dennis Barnett; two sisters-in-law, Cathy Johnson and Debbie Barnett; and her beloved dog, “Sassy.”

     Final arrangements are private.

     The family requests memorial donations be made to the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church, 1413 Crackers Neck Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.

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

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

Big Stone Gap VA – Michael “Mike” F. Jones, 61, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2019, at his residence in the Strawberry Patch community. Mike was currently a self-employed farmer and had worked at several auto dealerships as a mechanic. 

    He was the son of the late Howard and Sarah Maudella Jones. 

    Mike is survived by two brothers, Dewey Eugene Jones of Gate City and Gary Lee Jones of Knoxville and a sister, Thelma Jean Jones of Indiana.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. 

    The family will receive friends Monday, December 23, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the chapel of Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue West, Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm. 

    Graveside services will be at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden VA following the funeral service. 

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

    You may view obituaries or send email condolences at www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Steven Allen Paxton, 64, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.

     A lifelong resident of the area, he was of Baptist faith.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Paxton; his mother Virginia Paxton and his step-mother, Nancy Paxton.

     Survivors include his brother, Michael Paxton, Big Stone Gap; sisters, Elizabeth and Bob Meredith of Salem, Va., Mary and Brian Swinney of Big Stone Gap and Becky and the late Dr. Mark Summers of Kingsport, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.

     A graveside service will be conducted 11:00am Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens with Troy Wells officiating. The family and friends will assemble at the cemetery by 10:50am on Friday.

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

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

Appalachia, VA., Charles Jackie Pitts, Sr., 67, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019, peacefully at his residence in Appalachia, VA.  He was a lifelong resident of Appalachia, VA. and retired from the Town of Appalachia, where he served as Superintendent of the water plant.  He also worked at the Big Stone Gap and Norton water plants. Jackie loved high school football and the Minnesota Vikings. 

     Mr. Pitts was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Jean Hicks Pitts; and brother, Robert Ray Pitts.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean Pitts; his children, Gloria Murray, Big Stone Gap, VA, Rhonda Bowman, Appalachia, VA, and Charles J. “Chuck” Pitts, Jr. (Ashley), Big Stone Gap, VA.  Jackie is also survived by his brother, Jimmy Darrell Pitts, Appalachia, VA; sisters, Brenda Sue Mullins, Big Stone Gap, VA, and Mary Ann White, Appalachia, VA; five grandchildren, Kayla Stratton, Marissa Bowman, A.J. Bowman, Natalie Pitts, Lauren Pitts; three great grandchildren:  Jaxon Mullins, Jace Lovell and Kinsley Lovell.

     The family will receive friends Friday, December 20, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. West, Big Stone Gap, VA. 24219.  The funeral will follow at 1:00pm with Pastor John Varner officiating.  Burial will follow the funeral service at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, VA.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

     Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Charles Jackie Pitts, Sr.

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

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-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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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.

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.

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

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.