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John Lawson

January 21, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va./Bean Station, Tn.-John Lawson, 67, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va.
John fought the good fight, he finished the course and kept the faith, he has received his crown of righteousness!
He worked for 40 years in the mining industry, including the last 16 years as a Federal Mine Inspector with MSHA. John proudly served his country as a U. S. Marine. He attended The Bridge Church, Rogersville, Tn.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, B. J. Whited; his parents, V. J. and Beatrice Lawson; sister, Shirla Ackley; nephew, Jimmy Lawson; and his first wife, Sue Lawson.
Surviving are his wife, Vickie Lawson, Bean Station, Tn.; step-children, Andi Fultz (Eddie), Blountville, Tn., Kristi McKinney (Brian), Big Stone Gap, Va. and Amy Kilgore, Pikeville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Alyson Sturgill (Josh), Chae’ Wells (Daniel), Christian Fultz, Kaeli McKinney and Gracy McKinney; three great grandchildren, Gemma Sturgill, Christian Sturgill and Dagny Wells; sisters, Debbie Cooke (Jack), Hilton Head, SC, and Ninkey McCarty (Jack), Big Stone Gap; brothers, Jim Lawson (Lois), Richmond, Ky., and Joe Lawson (Vickie), Dryden, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to offer their gratitude of thanks to John’s niece, Misty Hochkeppel, and his step daughter, Kristi McKinney, for tirelessly keeping our family in the loop with the medical team and the many updates each day.
Per John’s request, he will be cremated.
A memorial service will be announced later.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve John Lawson’s family.

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Roger Ralph Kus

January 18, 2021

ROGER RALPH KUS, Coeburn, Va.

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you Daddy’s last update. He has entered into his eternal sleep. He was a loving, devout husband, caring and nurturing father and the best Pop a little boy could ever have. He was a friend, mentor and hero to so many. He will be deeply missed and live in our memories forever.
We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, well wishes and thoughts this last month. They have been greatly appreciated.
We also want to thank the exceptional staff at Lonesome Pine Hospital for the wonderful care they provided for Daddy during his battle with COVID. They tried their hardest to help him overcome but his body was too tired and weak.
We love each and every one of you.
Rest in peace Roger Ralph Kus. Fly high!
He passed away on January 18, 2021 at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
Roger was still employed though the Virginia Department of Transportation where he enjoyed going to work every day for the past 46 years. He liked racing cars, deer hunting, but most importantly, he loved to play with his grandson, “Bobbin”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jacqueline (Hudson) Kus; sister, Jill Kus; and brother, Ralph Kus.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Linda Kus; daughter, Amy Kus, Coeburn; grandson, Raylan Roger; two sisters, Joyce Voegerl, Parma Heights, Oh.; and Judith Kus, Parma Heights, Oh.; brother, Roy Kus, Cleveland, Oh.; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Brenda Collins, brother-in-law, Tim Nixon; mother-in-law, Erma Nixon; special daughter, Kimberly McCammon; several true family friends : Frankie McCammon; Adriana McCammon; Joie Cantrell; Jeff Payne and all his V. D. O. T. family and friends.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated and a celebration of life will be announced by his family to be held at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Kus family.
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Donald Albert Givens

January 17, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Donald Albert Givens, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Sunday January 17th, 2021. Don was a loving husband, father, and “Papaw.” He was proud to be a coal miner for Westmoreland Coal Company for 36 years and served in the US Army during the Korean War. His family and friends will always have fond memories of Don’s story telling — playing baseball in Japan and stories from the mines were his favorites to share.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Saylor and Cora Givens; brothers and their spouses, John Givens (Christine), Ray Givens (Audrey), Irvin Givens (Geneva), Charles Edward Givens (Helen), and Rome Givens (Barbara); sisters and their spouses Beulah Collier (Willard), Faye Hunter (Jim), and Wilma Novak; son-in-law Garry Doby; and brother-in-law Don Fig.
Don is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 65 years, Shelby; two daughters Teresa Doby and Donna Givens; three grandchildren Adrienne Callahan, Taylor Legg, and Dawson Legg; three great-grandchildren Ian, Lucas, and Mia Callahan; one sister Lottie Fig; many nieces and nephews; and two special buddies, Gary Cutting and Steve “Stork” Maddox.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Legion Memorial Methodist Church. P.O. Box 628 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Givens family.
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Ruth Ann “Pug” Stidham

January 15, 2021

Stonega, Va.-Ruth Ann “Pug” Stidham, 81, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Mrs. Stidham worked for the former Burger Queen in Big Stone Gap and the Big Stone Gap Sewing Factory. She was a devoted member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church in Appalachia, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bassel and Mary Hylton; brothers, James Hylton and Hubert Hylton; sisters, Nora Jean Hylton Church and Carolyn Grace; and sisters-in-law, Loretta Hylton and Kyoka Hylton.
Surviving are her husband, Jessie Lee “James” Stidham, Sr.; children, Jessee Stidham, Jr. (Debbie), Stonega, Va., Mary Ruth Absher (Wayne), Wise, Va., Debbie Lambert and Teresa Stidham, Big Stone Gap, Darius Stidham (Lisa), Stonega, Va. and Kristina Ashley (Dustin), Appalachia, Va.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; siblings, Paul Hylton, Sylvester Hylton (Alma), Patricia Lane (Ray) and Earl Hylton (Ruth), all of Stonega, Va., Lorraine Moore, Jr. (Bob), Shelby, Ind., and David Hylton (Kathy), Tacoma, Va.; brother-in-law, Marshall Grace, Pennington Gap, Va.; sister-in-law, Jamie Hylton and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday at Appalachia Pentecostal Church, 340 Oak Street, Appalachia, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Grayson Cothran officiating.
The graveside committal service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 10:30am Tuesday to go in procession.
The pallbearers will be: Glen Hylton, Gordon Hylton, Avery Hylton, Billy Hylton, Jonathan Lambert and Steven Middleton.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Stidham family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

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Larry J. Rutherford

January 8, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Larry J. Rutherford, 72, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center.
Larry lived his entire life in Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, Va. He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Co. and a member of the U.M.W.A. District #19, Local #1405. Larry proudly served his country in the U. S. Army. He loved to fish and hunt. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andy Pat Rutherford and Dora Mae Aistrop Rutherford; sisters, Betty Kelly, Deloris Price, Louise Estridge, Rosa Fay Klepper and Geneva Bailey; and a brother, Harold Rutherford.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Rutherford; daughter, Missy Mullins (Roger), Big Stone Gap; son, Larry Rutherford (Amanda), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Bryson Mullins, Brennan Mullins, Braleigh Mullins, Kaylee Rutherford and Megan Rutherford; brothers, Jerry Rutherford (Shirley) of Alabama and Don Rutherford (Barbara), both of Appalachia, Va.; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Monday, January 11, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap.
A graveside service will be conducted 2:00pm Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Glencoe Cemetery with Pastor James Ray Holcomb officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 1:30pm Tuesday to go in procession.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rutherford family.

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James Marco Morris

January 7, 2021

Jonesville, Va.-James Marco Morris, 67, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Johnson City (Tn.) Medical Center.
He was born in Charlottesville, Va., lived in Florida, Tennessee, and had been a resident of Jonesville, Va. for the past five years. He was a horse trainer, by trade. He loved farming, landscaping, animals and fishing. Jim was known for his love of “wheeling and dealing” through bartering. Most of all, his love of his family was most important to him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Junior Morris, Sr.; two sisters, Liz Brown and Linda Perkins; and a brother, Randy Morris.
Surviving are his wife, Dianne Wright Morris; daughter, Melissa Ann Rogers (Adam), Jonesville, Va.; son, Cole Morris (Heather), Bristol, Tn.; grandchildren, Joseph, Cloi, Dakota James, David and Jerico; his mother, Gladys Morris, Lynchburg, Va.; sister, Betty Phillips (Dennis); brothers, Charlie Morris (Shirley), Ernest Morris, Jr. (Gayle) and Roger Morris (Cindy); and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements will be private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Morris family.

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Duward Junior Jessee

January 7, 2020

Duffield, Va.-Duward Junior Jessee, 82, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Duward, “Kelly and/or “Red,” as he was affectionately known, enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He spent much of his time hunting and fishing. He spent many years cutting timber and working in the coal mines.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Jessee and Ethel Horton; daughter, Cleava Marie Jessee; and brother, Issac Alonzo Jessee.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 65 years, Lucy Jessee; daughters, Sheila Calton (Vernon), and Melissa McMurl; grandchildren, Harley Colvin (James), Loren Colvin, and Cecil Colvin (Nicole); great grandchildren, Colten Starnes, Wulfric and Torben Colvin; sister, Helen Swafford; brother, Jerry Daniels; and several nieces and nephews, in-laws and cousins.
Arrangements are private.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Lonesome Pine Hospital for his care.
Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jessee family.

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Anna Lee Cole

January 3, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Anna Lee (Belt) Cole, 78, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Norton Community Hospital.
She was a member of East Stone Gap Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Alice Belt.
Surviving are her husband, Jack Cole; children, Kimberly Garner (Dale), of Pomona Florida, Alice Christine Redwine (John), Gate City, Va., Kelly Cole, Appalachia, Va., Sabrina Cox, Huntsville, Ala., Viki Hanley (Patrick), Lehighton, Pa., and Patrick Cole of Gate City; 16 grandchildren, Leahann, Emily, Megan, Nicole, John-Cole, Kelsey, Connor, Casey, Brynn, Jacob, Brenee, Jantsen, Byron, Bryant, Alex, and Drew; four great grandchildren; sisters, Billie Holcomb, and Betty Lou Cornett (J. H. Rivers), both of Big Stone Gap; brother, James Kelly Belt, Jr. of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with Dr. Lonnie Brooks officiating.
Graveside committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at American Legion Cemetery. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
The pallbearers will be: Patrick Cole, John-Cole Redwine, Connor Hanley, Drew Burke, Matt Hall, Gavin Black and Jacob Cox.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Cole family.
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Gilliam Funeral Home, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mandate, require all visitor entering our premises to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

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Hyson “Winnie” Barnett

January 3, 2021

Appalachia, Va. – Hyson “Winnie” Barnett passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Rufus Hagy Barnett and a daughter-in-law, Shelia.
Surviving are her children, Eddie Barnett, Debb Barnett, Dennis Barnett and Cathy Johnson (Gary); grandchildren, Teri, Seth, Cody, Clay and Kati; great grandsons, Luke, Jaxon, Mason, Oliver, Graylan, Riley and Cameron; and sister-in-law, 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.

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Terrence Jerome Poole

December 27, 2020

Kingsport, Tn./Big Stone Gap, Va.-Terrence Jerome Poole, 46, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center.
He was born and raised in Big Stone Gap and was a welder, by trade.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Wayne Poole and Thelma Jean (Skaggs) Ewing.
Surviving are his wife, Sally Lavette Clark; children, Mykel Tre’ Maxwell, Gate City, Va., Makayla Poole, Bristol, Tn., Daemai Jerone Lester (Audumn), Norton, Va. and Daveon Blaken, Big Stone Gap, Va.; special cousins, Shelia Pinkston, Big Stone Gap and Celia Pinkston, Hopewell, Va.; step-father, Darrell Ewing, Bristol, Va., aunt, Cynthia S. Clark, Abingdon, Va.; cousins, Misti Pinkston Allen (John), Charlotte, NC, Malcolm Pinkston, Appalachia, Va., Myron Pinkston, Kingsport, Kairi Thompson, Kingsport and Doug Campbell (Nikki), Wytheville, Va.; a special friend, Teresa Woods, Kingsport, Tn. and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2pm on Saturday, January 2, 2020, at the Williams Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 414 3rd Avenue, E., in Big Stone Gap with Pastor Sandra Jones officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Poole family.

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Carolyn Litton Bloomer

December 24,2020

Big Stone Gap - Carolyn Litton Bloomer, 76, passed away at Holston Valley Medical Center on Christmas Eve, after a long battle with COVID-19.
Carolyn was a contributing member of the Big Stone Gap community, owning and operating Litton’s Uptown Bridal and Formalwear since 1991. After graduating Appalachia High School, she spent many years raising her children while working as a substitute teacher, librarian, pool manager, and aerobics instructor, before realizing her passion in helping young women find their perfect dress. She loved traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilmer and Opal Litton and brother, Gilmer (Scott) Litton, Jr.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Buren Bloomer; daughter, Felicia Dalton (Tony), Knoxville, TN; son, Robert “Bobby” Bloomer (Elise), Big Stone Gap, VA; daughter, Marisha Roberts (Eric), Appalachia, VA; four grandsons, Grant Bloomer, Patrick Dalton (Bailey), Alex Dalton, and Ty Bloomer and three granddaughters, Danielle Roberts, Madison Roberts, and Lindsey Roberts. She is also survived by numerous family members and friends.
Due to COVID-19, visitation will not be possible. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date, when gathering becomes safe again.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Carolyn Bloomer.
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Michael Christopher “Chris” McConnell

December 22, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Michael Christopher “Chris” McConnell, 50, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at his home.
He lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He graduated from a Fort Lauderdale, Fla college with a degree in graphic arts. He was an artist for publications and loved drawing portraits of people.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Teresa McConnell; two sons, Mikie Cole (Megan), Big Stone Gap, and Jared Johnson, Knoxville, Tn.; father, Robert Michael “Mike” McConnell (Debbie), Big Stone Gap; mother, Sandy Pierce, Little Switzerland, NC; grandchildren and the love of his life, Andrew, Khloe and Layia; brother, Brian McConnell (Jane), Salt Lake City, Ut.; nephews, Brendon McConnell and Jason McConnell.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Chris McConnell’s family.

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