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Dr. Roy E. Smith

September 17, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Dr. Roy E. Smith, 83, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
He was born in Somerset, Ky. and had lived in Big Stone Gap since he was nine years old. He was a sales manager with Central Supply and a salesman for Persinger Supply Co., Jenkins, Ky. He served in the U. S. Army National Guard for 25 years. Roy ministered at Keokee Pentecostal Church, Louellen (Ky.) Pentecostal Church, and Appalachia Pentecostal Church, where he served nearly 50 years.
Roy was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Smith; mother, Lillian (Kidd) Riggs; step-father George Riggs; and a daughter-in-law, Pam Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anna Lee Smith; five children, Mary Ann Collins (Kenny), Carletta Fannon (Mike), Joey Smith, and Ruth Ann Kinsler (Earl), all of Big Stone Gap, and Roy C. Smith of Paris, France; seven grandchildren, Gina Cothron (Grayson), Karissa Collier (Tommy), Andy Fannon (Shonna), Natasha Peterson (Chris), Dustin Smith (Ashley), Allison Austin (Tyler) and A. J. Kinsler; eight great grandchildren, Jordan Collier, Bryson Cothron (Sidney), Emily Cothron, Hannah Peterson, Jaci Peterson, Keegan Peterson, Melodee Smith and Hollyn Austin.
The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at the Appalachia Pentecostal Church, 340 Oak Street, Appalachia, Va. The funeral service will follow at 6:00pm with Pastor Grayson Cothron, Pastor Roger Barker and Rev. Pat Franks officiating.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family is requiring all in attendance to wear masks, strictly observe social distancing and each person’s temperature will be checked when entering the church.
Military Interment services, conducted by the Gate City National Guard Honors Team, will be held at 11:00am Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church by 10:15am Monday to go in procession.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Roy Smith’s family.
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Bobby L. Warner

September 12, 2020

Jonesville, VA - Bobby Lafe Warner, 74, passed away at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, VA on September 12, 2020. Bobby was a member of the VFW Post 10298 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years as an airplane engineer during the Vietnam War. He previously worked at Birmingham Bolt in Duffield, VA and he served as president for 10 years of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Mr. Warner was of the Methodist faith. Bobby was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. Bill and Kathleen Ely Warner; daughter, Bobbie Lynn Warner, and a brother, Jimmy Warner. He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Warner of the home; children, Korey Warner (Brooke), Melanie Bostic (Scottie); a special son Colin Bostic; and step-children, Lawana Baumgardner and Robert Baumgardner. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brooke Warner, Daimon Bostic Salyer; great grandchild, Kallie Warner and five step-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at Warner Family Cemetery in Lower Wallens Creek.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gilliam Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Warner family.

Danny Wayne “Tuck” Robinson

September 10, 2020

Norton, Va.-Danny Wayne “Tuck” Robinson, 73, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center.
“Tuck,” as he was affectionately known, was an investigator with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an avid musician and played the drums for many years with the band, “The Fallen Stars.” He was a member of the Norton Pentecostal Church. He was a loving father, grandfather, husband and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Eugene Robinson and Mary (Fisher) Robinson.
Surviving are his wife, Stacy Robinson; daughters, Aimie Morgan (Frankie), Coeburn, Va., Emilee Chandler (Billy), Big Stone Gap, Va., Amber Robinson and Maggie Robinson, of the home; grandchildren, Daniel Edwards, Bryson Mullins, Bailee Mullins and Abbie Chandler; and other special friends, Andrew, Noah and Morgan Beverly, Trish Meade, Cobye Robbins, Patrick Kelly and Nick Guerrant.
A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Robinson’s family.
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Becky Jane Short Stapleton

September 1, 2020

Pound/Norton, Va.-Becky Jane Short Stapleton, 44, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at her home in Pound.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Stapleton; son, Bradley Stapleton (Christy) of Norton; daughter, Delenn Stapleton of Norton; grandson, Damian Mullins, Jr.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Stapleton family.

Ralph Curtis Gregg

September 1, 2020

Coeburn, VA - Ralph Curtis Gregg age 46, originally from Wise, VA, passed away September 1, 2020 at his apartment in Coeburn. Curtis was of the Pentecostal faith. He proudly served in the U.S. Army with training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then was stationed at Ft. DeRussy Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. Curtis had been disabled for the past few years. He had previously worked as a Chef and Bouncer at the Norton Holiday Inn and as a Rock Truck Driver at Highsplint Coal Company in Evarts, KY.
He was preceded in death by his father James “Butch” Gregg and step-father Isaac “Bud” Cook. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Gregg; two daughters, Brionia and Karrie Gregg; one stepson, Michael Billings; mother, Sandra Cook; brother, James Gregg; two step-sisters, Angela Hall and Aimee Charles, and two special nephews James “JC” and Grayson Gregg both currently serving in the US Army.
Curtis had a true love for his wife and children. He was tender hearted, compassionate, and very sentimental. He cherished all of his family. Curtis enjoyed family gatherings, and time spent reminiscing with cousins about their younger years. With a love for kids, he made some special young buddies along the way. Curtis has met Jesus with a smile on his face. While his prayer lives on there will be another family gathering.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm at The First Assembly of God, Bear Wallow Rd Dante, VA with Jerry Estep officiating.
Graveside services will be private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Gregg Family.

John Robert Quillin

August 29, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-John Robert Quillin, 83, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home.
He was a retired electrician for the Old Dominion Power Co, with 35 years of service. He was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church in the Crackers Neck Community. He served in the U. S. Air Force for four years. He was an avid Powell Valley and Union High School supporter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Benton and Mary “Sweetie” (Hood) Quillin; siblings, Willie Mae Smith, Virginia Shupe, Ruth Blakemore, Mary Helen Quillin, Jean Wofford, James Quillin and William B. Quillin.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Jeanette Quillin; daughter, Jennifer Garrison (Tracy), Big Stone Gap; son, Mark Quillin (Gina), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Trey Garrison (Amber), Tyler Garrison (Brittany), Noah Garrison, Hollie Quillin, Rachel Quillin, Breana Fielder, Landon Fielder, Kaleb Fielder and Lauren Quillin; great grandchild, Sadie Garrison; special brother-in-law, William “Inky” Shupe (Sandy), Big Stone Gap; several nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Glencoe Cemetery with Pastor Enos Gingrich officiating. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Tracy Garrison, Trey Garrison, Tyler Garrison, Noah Garrison, Kaleb Fielder and Landon Fielder.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Quillin’s family.
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Mary Ellington Vanstavern

August 24, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Ellington Vanstavern, 75, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tn.
She was a certified nursing assistant with Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap. She attended Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church. Mary loved to play computer games.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Jerry Vanstavern; her parents, George and Reba Katherine (Treadway) Neeley; and a sister, Ann White.
Surviving are two sons, William “Bill” Guntle and Johnny Guntle (Connie), both of Big Stone Gap; one daughter, Rebecca Ruth Atchley (Pete), Huntsville, Ala.; one grandson, Johnathon Guntle, Big Stone Gap; one sister, Naomi Fields, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., E., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Rev. Eddie Kilbourne officiating.
The committal graveside service will be conducted 11:00am Friday at Riverview Cemetery in East Stone Gap, Va. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am Friday to go in procession.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Vanstavern’s family.
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Margaret Geneva Allen

August 23,2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Margaret Geneva Allen, 98, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was a Christian and cherished her family. Geneva enjoyed baking, making Christmas candy and flower gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Allen; daughter, Barbara Hughes; parents, Henry and Flossie (Poteet) Goins; and four sisters and two brothers.
Geneva is survived by her daughter, Sandra Rich (Billy), Big Stone Gap; son, Billy Allen (Judy), Gray, Tn.; grandchildren, Crystal Stidham (Dale), Jeff Hughes, Shane Rich and Tina Rich; 16 great grandchildren, including Justin Stidham, Katie Rich, and Jamie Rich (Cody); 11 great-great grandchildren, including Laura Gilley; an adopted granddaughter, Margo Cook; sisters, Rita Fern Potter, Shirley Orr and Brenda Owenby; three brothers, Clarence Goins, Danny Goins and Charles Goins; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, Katie Rich, Crystal Stidham, Carlos Bush and Jess Gilley; the Valley Fire Department; M. E. O. C. Pace programs, Dr. Craven and Dr. Fleenor and nurses, with a special thanks to Tina Clisso and Eddie Pearcy.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will be conducted 7:00pm Wednesday with Pastor Bill Hughes and Rev. Terry Goodman officiating. Music will be provided by David Goodman.
The committal graveside service will be conducted 11:00am Thursday at the Miller’s Chapel Cemetery, Jonesville, Va. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 10:00am Thursday to go in procession.
Pallbearers will be: Justin Stidham, Dale Stidham, Carlos Bush, Danny Stidham, Cody Arrendondo and Billy Sluss.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Valley Fire Department, P. O. Box 166, East Stone Gap, Va. 24246 and/or M. E. O. C. Pace Fuel Fund, P. O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Allen’s family.
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Lyndon F. Bullion

August 17, 2020

Wise, Va.-Lyndon F. Bullion, 55, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born and raised in Wise, Va., was a cook for the Lynn Garden Restaurant for 15 years and loved collecting hats.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Geraldine Rose (Castle) Bullion; and three sisters, Rhonda Bullion, Versie Crabtree and Melissa Bullion.
Surviving are two daughters, Kelly Glymp and Angel Hammonds, both of Kingsport, Tn.; one son, Casey Bullion, Kingsport; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Sheila Bullion and Donna Wampler, both of Wise; three brothers, Ronald Bullion of Michigan, Randall Bullion, Kingsport, and Jerry Bullion, Norton, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Bullion family.

Shelby Jean McKinney

Appalachia, Va.-Shelby Jean McKinney, 81, went home to be with the Lord and rejoin with her husband and family on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at her home.
She worked at Appalachia Elementary School and for 20 years as a certified nursing assistant at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap. She attended Inman Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Clayton McKinney; great grandson Caiden Allen Simpson; parents, John and Rebecca (Wallen) Davis; and siblings, James Davis, John Marvin Davis, Jr., Dorothy Polly, Gladys Akers, Patricia Rose, Pauline Davis.
Surviving are her five daughters, Jackie Huneycutt and Jean Renee Lawson, both of Appalachia, Rebecca McKinney, Ann Seabolt and Angel Hall (Mark), all of Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Lori Simpson(Jeff), William M. Huneycutt, III, Steven Isbell, Joshua Clayton Ayers (Deandra), Kayla Anderson, Christopher Southard, Kylee Seabolt, Zachary Lawson, Tabatha Bentley (Dustin), Brandon Hicks (Alyssa), and Logan Hall; great grandchildren, Tyler Isbell, Camara Isbell, Bentley Anderson, Irelynd Peak, Gannon Hicks, Lyla Hicks, Nora Bentley and Caleb Allen Simpson; siblings, Ruby Varner, Keokee, Va., Dewey Davis (Betty), Big Stone Gap and Delmer McKinney, Andover; sister-in-law, Marie McKinney, Bristol, Va.; nephew, Roger Akers, Inman; and several other; nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 4:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday, August 16, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 6:00pm Sunday with Dr. Roy Smith officiating.
Committal graveside services will be at 12:00pm Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 11:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. McKinney’s family.
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Donald W. Smith

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Donald W. Smith, 71, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
He was born in Gate City, Va., lived in Florida for six years and had lived in Virginia most of his life. He was an over-the road truck driver for Don Gray Trucking for several years. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elsie (Gibson) Smith; and a brother, Harold Smith.
Surviving are five children, Donna Mellon (Jerry Sargent), Appalachia, Va., Terry Smith (Samantha), Savannah, Ga., Chris Smith (Chada), Dalton, Ga., Amy Michelle Sampson (Johnny), Norton, Va. and Justin Mayes (Jasmine), Duffield, Va.; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, L. J. Smith (Judy), Shelby, NC, Faye Kerns, Duffield, Va., Phyllis Smith McClellan and Sheila Cole (George), Gate City, Va. and David Smith (Shawna), Kingsport, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Donald Smith’s family.

Peggy Charlene Rose Sowards

East Stone Gap, Va.-Peggy Charlene Rose Sowards, 83, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center’s Long-Term Care in Norton, Va.
She was a lifelong resident of East Stone Gap, Va. and graduated as salutatorian of her class of East Stone Gap High School. She was an in-home caregiver for the critically ill. Peggy was a member of the East Stone Gap Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Sowards; daughter, Paulette Raye Sowards; parents, Charles and Vina (Hall) Rose; and three brothers, Donald Wayne Rose, Robert Dale Rose and William Edward Rose.
Surviving are four sons, Jeff Rose, Dennis Rose and Paul Sowards (Kim), Big Stone Gap, Va., and Mark Rose (Lisa), Greeneville, Tn.; three grandchildren, Brittany Rose Potter (Chad), Tiffany Daniel Rose (Greg Woods) and Zachary Blake Rose; two great grandchildren, Cade and Camryn Potter; siblings, Danny Joe Rose of Florida, Norma Sue Strickland of South Carolina, Margaret Elouise Rose, Abingdon, Va., Samuel Eugene Rose, Elkhorn City, Ky., Kenni Lou Cole (Jim), Pennington Gap, Va. and James Fred Rose, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Rhandi Gail Harris and staff at Mountain View Regional Medical Center.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm to 7:00pm Monday, August 10, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Dr. Dearing Garner, Dr. Lonnie Brooks and Rev. Brad Stapleton officiaiting.
Committal graveside services will be 11:00am Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Riverview Cemetery in East Stone Gap, Va. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Social distancing and masks are required, per Gov. Northam’s executive order, to protect the family, friends and one’s self.
Memorial contributions may be made to H. O. P. E., c/o East Stone Gap Baptist Church, P. O. Box 100, East Stone Gap, Va. 24246.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Peggy Soward’s family.
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