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Edith Begley Chandler
October 3, 2022
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
Edith Begley Chandler, 93, went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2022.
Edith was a lifelong resident of Crackers Neck and was a member of Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She adored all her family and her door was always open to everyone.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Jack and Ida Begley; her husband, J. B. Chandler; two sons, Marvin Chandler and Jack Chandler and a very special daughter-in-law, Patty Chandler. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Scott Chandler and granddaughter, Caramalita Vicars and her siblings, Bud Begley, Cossie Begley, Lawrence Begley, Ted Begley, Ochia Chandler, Bonnie Chandler and Opal Durham.
Edith is survived by her loving family, Susie Swinney (Boxer), Patsy Zeppa (Eddie) and Darrell Chandler (Alice); grandchildren, Hank Swinney (Christy), Leslie Gilley (Ralph), Brandon Chandler (Jennifer), Eddie J. Zeppa, Jackie Barker, Josh Chandler, Ranada White (Ray), Krystal Pennington, Joe Greear and Heather Leonard; many great grandchildren; her brother, W. C. Begley (Doris); two sisters, Alice Dickenson and Dorothy Hicks (Jesse); and two very special family members, Jerry Chandler (Pat) and Barbara Collier (Wayne); and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Riverview Cemetery in East Stone Gap with Pastor Bill Hughes officiating.
Family and friends are asked to assemble at the Riverview Cemetery for the service.
Gilliam Funeral and Crematory is honored to serve the Chandler family.
In lieu flowers, the family requests donations made to Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church, PO Box 563, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.
Darrell Ray Barker
September 30, 2022
Appalachia, Va.-Darrell Ray Barker, 76, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2022, at Norton Community Hospital.
When able he attended the Appalachia United Methodist Church. He loved watching football and baseball games. Darrell especially loved listening to music, playing his guitar, and reading. He had a collection of John Fox, Jr. books.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Ricky Allen; his parents, Carl and Delphia (Clark) Barker; one brother, Robert Barker; one niece, Debbie Barker; brother-in-law, Ronnie Richardson; and Don Jack Mullins.
Surviving are his children, Darrell Ray Barker, Jr. (Dawn), McDonald, Tn. and Kimberly Barker Tompkins Goforth (Ronald); Maryville, Tn.; grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Jimmie, Darrah, Drake; one great grandson, Wyatt; sisters, Brenda Smith (Roy) and Rita Richardson, both of Big Stone Gap and Cathy Barker, Bluff City, Tn.; brothers, Carlos Barker (Debbie), Big Stone Gap and Daniel Barker (Rita), Richmond, Va.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Greg Townsend, Minister, officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gilliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 886, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219, or at the funeral home office, to assist with final arrangements.
Family and friends are serving as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barker family.
Mary C. Rainey
September 28, 2022
Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary C. Rainey, 84, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.
She was born and raised in the Mabe Community of Scott County, Va. She lived in East Stone Gap and Big Stone Gap for most of her life. Mary loved sewing, crocheting, and especially working in her flower garden. She was a Christian.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Preston Rainey; her daughter, Mary Eldridge; parents, Wheeler and Polly (Townsend) Coffey; and siblings, James Coffey and Shirley Lawson.
Surviving are two sons, James Rainey, Big Stone Gap and Eric Rainey (Pamela), Appalachia, Va.; six grandchildren, Michael Wagner (Brittany), Tara Sisk (Chris), Tonya Hensley (Daniel), Catherine Rainey, Cynthia Wilder and Nathan Eldridge; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Adams and Julie Orange, both of East Stone Gap, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Joe Townsend officiating.
Burial will follow at the Bowen-Townsend Cemetery, Mabe-Stanleytown Rd., Duffield, Va.
Family will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rainey family.
A. D. “Danny” Wade
September 26, 2022
Big Stone Gap, Va.- A. D. “Danny” Wade, 73, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022, at the James H. Quillen V. A. Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tn.
Danny was born in the Deep Springs Community of Lee County, Va. and lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He proudly served in the U. S. Army in Korea, during the Vietnam War. He was the owner/operator of Double D Tire in Big Stone Gap, until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Elizabeth (Young) Wade; brothers, James, Hubert, Kenneth, Benjamin, and Paul Wade; and sisters, Iva June Suggett and Ruth Tignor.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Anita Wade; children, Jeff Wade (Cindy), Adrian Gardner, both of Big Stone Gap, and Lori Young (Richard), Knoxville, Tn.; grandchildren, Aaron Hamilton, Landon Hamilton, Hayleigh Owens, Kayleigh Sumpter, Jairus Wade, Lauren Mullins, Jenna Wade, Nicolas Mullins; brother, Carl Gene Wade, Sr., Dryden, Va.; sisters, Mary Frye and Wavie Grimes, both of Leesburg, Va., and Phyliss Colvard, Norton, Va.; sister-in-law, Debbie Wade, Big Stone Gap and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many special friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 7:00pm Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Russell Phillips and Cotton Gardner officiating. Military rites, by the Virginia National Guard Honors Team and local V. F. W. and D. A. V. posts, will immediately precede the service.
Danny’s final resting place will be at the Mountain Home V. A. National Cemetery.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Wade family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.
Freda Marlene Ratliff
September 21, 2022
"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."
Freda Marlene Ratliff (88) entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Born on March 20, 1934, in Iaeger, WV, Marlene lived for more than 65 years at Little Prater in Grundy, VA, before moving to Big Stone Gap, VA in 2004.
Throughout her life, Marlene was concerned about taking care of others. The fruits of her love were found daily in making sure everyone had something to eat and everyone knew they were loved “the most.” Her children and grandchildren were the love of her life. A homemaker, who taught Sunday School at Ratliff Chapel Baptist Church for more than 40 years, and was the last of the Trustees listed on the Church deed, Marlene loved her Lord and Savior with all her soul. She crossed over to be with those who had gone to heaven before her, including her parents, Lewis and Pearl Riffe, her husband of 54 years, Sparrel “Toddy” Ratliff, her youngest son, Christopher Todd Ratliff, brothers Herman and Jack Riffe, sisters Leona Ratliff and Deloris Childress, and grandson David Jordan. She was the youngest and last member of the Lewis and Pearl Riffe family.
Leaving behind to celebrate her life are her two sons, Donnie Ratliff and wife, Vickie, of Big Stone Gap, VA and Randy Ratliff and wife, Joyce, of Claypool Hill, VA, and daughter-in-law Tammy Ratliff, of Bristol, TN. Her grandchildren, Jason Ratliff, Jared Ratliff and Nicholas Todd Ratliff, Sean Ratliff, Mattie Ratliff and Shawn Jordan, and great-grandchildren Connor Ratliff, Cole Ratliff, Caroline Ratliff, Kaleigh Ratliff, Keegan Ratliff, Eliza Griffin, Asher Ratliff, Nolan Ratliff, Destry Jordan, Charli Jordan and Rhett Jordan, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She had wonderful caregivers over these last 2 ½ years including Louella Sizemore, Peggy Lambert and Melissa Emershaw. Since June 15, 2022, she has been under the care and staff of Lee County Health and Rehab Center in Pennington Gap where she received loving care until the end.
Services for Marlene will take place at the Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel in Big Stone Gap on Saturday, September 24 where visitation will be from 4 – 6 p.m., with the funeral to follow at 6 p.m. Speaking at the funeral will be Reverend Jason Ratliff and Reverend Ronnie Mutter. Committal service will take place at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands, VA on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Mike Rife and Reverend Rick Blevins officiating. Please meet at the cemetery chapel by 1:45 p.m.
Pallbearers will be: Nicholas Ratliff, Jared Ratliff, Sean Ratliff, Shawn Jordan, Jessee Gardner, Corey Gardner Brian Ratliff and Wyatt Striegel. Honorary pallbearers will be: Rick Ellis, Cotton Gardner, Richard Ratliff, Danny Hutchinson, Bill Kilgore and Johnny Ratliff.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge #17, P.O. Box 1263, Grundy, VA 24614
The family is being cared for by the wonderful and caring staff at Gilliam Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, VA.
In Mamaw Marlene’s words, “We Love You the Most!”
September 16, 2022
Dewey Eugene Jones
Gate City, VA – Dewey Eugene Jones “Duke”, age 69, died Friday, September 16, 2022, at his home.
Dewey was born in Wise County to Howard Hubert and Sarah Maudella “Mossie” Pennington Smith Jones. He grew up in the Strawberry Patch community of Big Stone Gap. He attended Cadet Primitive Baptist Church and accepted Christ at a young age. He was a 1970 graduate of Powell Valley High School where he played basketball. After graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, and received his degree in Business & Public Administration from Clinch Valley College in 1975.
He worked in the mines at Westmoreland Coal Company until 1985. Afterward, he moved to Johnson City, TN where he was the owner of Landmark Video. He worked in the plumbing business for several years before retiring. In his younger days he enjoyed water skiing, and loved to drive his Corvette and Harley Davidson. He appreciated nature and loved to be in it – whether it was fishing, hunting, riding his four-wheeler, or taking in wild animals. If it was football season, he could always be found watching his Tennessee Vols. He spent his final years with his loyal dog, Rusty.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Baxter Merle Smith, Michael Fredrick Jones, and Gary Lee Jones.
Dewey is survived by his daughter, Olivia Rollins and husband Chris of Rye Cove, VA; grandchildren, Elisabeth and William Rollins; sister, Thelma Jean Fields of Corydon, IN; nephews, Tom Ray Fields of New Albany, IN and Adam Fields of Louisville, KY; niece, Tiffany Stringer of Corydon, IN; and special friends, Nick and Revonda Watts, and their children Brett Watts and Zach & Luke Chapman. He also leaves behind several extended family members.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 6:00pm with Pastor Tucker Begley officiating. Music will be provided by Elisabeth Rollins and Emery Berry.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ft. Blackmore Methodist Camp Restoration Project, c/o Rick Begley, 3397 Manville Road, Gate City, VA, 24251.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Jones family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.
September 16, 2022
Duffield, Va.-Jimmy Bishop, 63, of the Jasper Community, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2022 at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.
He was born in Kingsport, Tn and was a lifelong resident of the Jasper Community. He worked for Norris Industries, manufacturing hubcaps. Jimmy had many friends and loved collecting brass items.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marie (Gilliam) Bishop; and siblings, Kenneth Bishop, Jr., Una Stanley and Sonny Bishop.
Surviving are his wife and partner for life, Pamela Jennings; siblings, Loretta James (Rusty), Berda Wallen and Willard Bishop, all of Duffield.
Jimmy’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will have a gathering at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Bishop family.
Robin O. Barker
September 15, 2022
Big Stone Gap, Va.-Robin O. Barker, 53, passed away early Thursday, September 15, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Havre De Grace, Md., lived many other places growing up and had been a resident of Big Stone Gap for the past 33 years. She graduated from Dryden High School, Class of 1986. Robin was a RN for both Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap and Ridgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Duffield, Va. She loved shopping and dining out, but the beach was her passion, especially Ocean City, Md. Her family was her world. She was a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard E. and Louise L. (Bernheim) Bowers; maternal grandmother, Emma Elise Carter, of whom Robin was especially fond; and mother-in-law, Stella Mae Barker.
Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Matthew “Matt” Barker; son Matthew Barker, of the home; daughter, Bethani Barker, of the home; sisters, Tracy Lynn Monakil and Susan Elise Caldwell; two nephews; and best friend, Tanya Seiber, of whom Robin thought of as a sister.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Flag Rock Recreational Area, Shelter A, in Norton, Va. with Pastor Roger Barker officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barker family.
September 9, 2022
Big Stone Gap, Va.-Natasha Sturgill, 34, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born in Johnson City, Tn. and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a 2006 graduate of Powell Valley High School, where she was a member of the marching band. She enjoyed coloring and loved music. She was of Apostolic faith.
She was preceded in death by a son, John Riley Sturgill; and her father, John Louie Ayers, Jr.
Surviving are her husband, Freddy Sturgill; sons, Josh “J.J.” Christian, Jr. and Hunter Blake Christian; daughter, Isabella Jade Sturgill; mother, Betty L. Ayers; siblings, Tiffany Nida, Dale Daryll Ayers and Jessica Jenkins; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and fiancé, James Wallen.
A memorial service will be conducted 2:00pm Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the There Is Hope Full Gospel Church, 1209 S. Cumberland St., Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219 with Pastor John Dickenson officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the Natasha Sturgill’s family.
September 12, 2022
Wise, Va.-Betty Barnette, 59, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022, at Norton Community Hospital.
Born in Maryland, she also lived in Illinois and Michigan. She was a waitress, cook and cashier in the restaurant industry. Betty was a Christian. She had been a resident at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, Va. since 2018, where she considered the staff and other residents as her family. She loved to eat and indulge in snacks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Barnette.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00pm on Friday, September 16, 2022, at Glencoe Cemetery in Big Stone Gap with Cotton Gardner officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Barnette’s friends.
Harold Lee Phillips
September 12, 2022
Johnson City, TN/Big Stone Gap, VA, Harold Lee Phillips, 64, passed away September 12th , 2022 at Holston Valley Medical Center with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Appalachia, VA to the late Harold and Margaret (Kiser) Phillips. Lee proudly served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2005. He received a Kuwait Liberation Medal for his service in the Gulf War. He served on the U.S.S. Forrestal, U.S.S. Eisenhower, U.S.S. George Washington and the U.S.S. Saipan. He received the honor of being U. S. Navy Sailor of the Month, Quarter, and Year, all at the same time. Harold was a fork lift operator with the Exide Corporation and Hutchinson Sealing Systems. He was a member of the Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name in Big Stone Gap, VA.
In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by an infant brother, Allan Phillips; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Billy and Rosetta Falin and brother-in-law, Alan Sharpe. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Karen Falin Phillips; his daughters, Jessica Turner, Johnson City, TN, and Miranda Burns (Doug), Muse, PA; He is also survived by his siblings: Jim Phillips, Diane Grant, Patsy Phillips, Shelly Blair, Becky Cox (Sonny) , and Brian Phillips; four grandchildren, Jon Turner, Samantha Turner, Courtney Burns, and Katelyn Burns; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Patty Sharpe; and brother-in-law, Junior Falin (Karen).
Special thank you to Dr. Jantzi and Dr. Shipstone for their special care of Lee.
The family will receive friends Thursday, September 15th, 2022, from 5pm to 7pm at Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Rites will be accorded by the U.S. Navy Honor Team at 7pm with funeral services to follow with Pastor Mike Carver officiating.
Lee’s wishes were cremation, following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials 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 Phillips family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.
Marvin Edward Stapleton
September 2, 2022
Wise, Va./Kingsport, Tn.-Marvin Edward Stapleton, Sr., 67, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center.
He was born and raised in Wise, Va. He was a demolition expert with A & G Coal Co. Marvin lived life to the fullest and will be always remembered for his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Ollie (Smith) Stapleton; and siblings, Wilma Markham, Claude Stapleton, Sam Stapleton, Sonny Stapleton, Tommy Stapleton, Ronnie Stapleton, Wilson Stapleton, Johnny Stapleton, Elmer Stapleton and Martin Stapleton, his twin brother.
Marvin is survived by his son, Marvin E. Stapleton, Jr. (Tracy), Cookeville, Tn.; two grandchildren; brother, Wayne B. Stapleton, Royal Oak, Michigan; sisters, Diana Shell and Jenny Hylton (Jerry), both of Wise, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Stapleton family.