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Garnett Gilliam

Garnett Gilliam

May 21, 2022

Garnett Gilliam, lifelong Big Stone Gap resident, dedicated teacher, coach, historian, father, and husband died peacefully May 21st at 87. He was surrounded by family and pictures of the area that meant so much to him and led him to found the Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center in Big Stone Gap.
Garnett was a graduate of Big Stone Gap High School, Emory and Henry College, and received his Master’s degree from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky

He was a proud and dedicated educator and coach for more than 35 years, primarily at Powell Valley High School. He founded the driver's education program at PVHS, endearing himself to hundreds of area teenagers.

In 2000, the Town of Big Stone Gap recognized Garnett's contribution to the preservation of the area's history by designating a "Garnett Gilliam" day. That same year, the Gap Corporation awarded him Citizen of the Year.
Garnett is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Bray) Gilliam, his children Hope Collins (Bob) Leslie Gilliam (Brian Walker), and Beth Robinette (Tim) his grandchildren Zach Collins, Savannah Walker, and Cece Walker, his brothers Bud Gilliam and Carl Gilliam, numerous nieces and nephews and friends from every stage of his life, including his “angels” at The Laurels Retirement and Assisted Living Home, Ashley Gentry and Carolyn Rutherford.
In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center P.O. BOX 581 BSG, VA 24219 or to the Garnett Gilliam Buccaneer Scholarship Fund ℅ MECC Foundation 3441 Mountain Empire Road BSG, VA 24219 or online at http://www.meccfoundation.org/?give would be appreciated and would continue to fund his two passions, history and education.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Loraine Faye Gilliam

Loraine Faye Gilliam

May 13, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Loraine Faye Gilliam, 71, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the home of her son in Jefferson City, TN.
She was a lifelong resident of Powell Valley, Big Stone Gap. She, along with her husband were very dedicated in serving the Powell Valley Band Boosters for many years. Faye was a former bingo manager for the Valley Fire Department in Big Stone Gap. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Big Stone Gap.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Allen Gilliam; parents, Matthew and Loraine (Ford) Hamilton; twin brothers, Jackie and Johnie Hamilton, brothers, Donald and Joseph Guy Hamilton; and sister, Etta Tignor.
Surviving are her son, Anthony Ray Gilliam (Amber), Jefferson City, TN; daughter, Sabrina Kaye Reeves (Dan), McHenry, IL; three step grandchildren, Daniel Reeves, Jr., Isabella Reeves and Arianna Reeves; sisters, Mary Jane Profitt, Norton, VA and Anna Wilson (Doug), Twin Falls, ID; brothers, Schylar “Skip” Hamilton (Wanda), Rogersville, TN and David Hamilton, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Phillip Barker and Robert Anderson officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00am Tuesday at the Hamilton Family Cemetery, Egan Road, Big Stone Gap. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Faye Gilliam’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Herschel David Akens

Herschel David Akens

May 9, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.- Herschel David Akens, 83 passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022, at his home in Big Stone Gap, Va., surrounded by his family. A native of Big Stone Gap, had lived in Glen Burnie, MD, Marietta GA and Ewing, VA before returning to Big Stone Gap in 1992.
He was a warehouse clerk for Westmoreland Coal Co., a Minister at the Assembly of God in Ewing, VA and attended New Hope Assembly in Big Stone Gap. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and bowl.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Morgan Akens; his mother, Stella Akens Scalf (Fred) and siblings, Harry Akens, Mary Rutherford, Churchill Steele and Carl Akens.
Surviving are his wife of 57 Years, Christine Akens of the home; daughters, Dee Winchell (David), Cherie Cochrane (Roland) and Terie Boyd; his siblings Reka Ely (Redge) and Peggy Chiladoux; his grandchildren, Kristin Glover (Dink), Jonah Cochrane, Brittney James, Ben Cochrane, Craig Winchell and Elizabeth Brooks; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Glover, Jace Glover, Zayden Brooks, and Camille Brooks and several nieces and nephews.
The Family will receive friends 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Rick Whitten officiating.
Military rites, by the Bluff City DAV #39 Veterans Honor Guard and Virginia Army National Guard Honors Team, will follow the service at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. David Winchell, Roland Cochrane, Dink Glover, Craig Winchell, Ben Cochrane, Jace Glover and Jonah Cochrane will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may 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 Akens Family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Tyler Grant Giles

Tyler Grant Giles

May 8, 2022

Tyler Grant Giles, age 41, passed away Sunday, May 8th, 2022 at his home in Norton Virginia. Tyler was born December 28, 1980 in Greenville, Tennessee to Michael Grant Giles and the late Lisa Jane Showalter Giles. Tyler spent his early years in his parents’ hometown of Big Stone Gap, Virginia and returned to Wise County to live the remainder of his life among the family and friends he loved.
Tyler attended high school in Big Stone Gap, VA and Muscle Shoals, AL before graduating from Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst, OH. He was an outstanding member of the basketball and golf teams during high school. He received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia College at Wise and achieved an advanced degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. After completing his education, he pursued a career in banking in Wise County, VA making many lifelong relationships among his clients and associates. At the time of his death, he was employed as Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones Financial Services and a real estate agent for Century 21, both in Wise, VA.
Tyler loved the community he lived in and actively served it, exemplified by much time dedicated to various community organization boards such as the Alumni Association and College Board of the UVA College at Wise, Mountain Empire Regional Business Incubator Board and Lonesome Pine Country Club Board of Directors. Tyler was an avid sports fan supporting the Kentucky Wildcats in the Giles family tradition. He loved the game of golf and his greatest legacy is the love he had for encouraging and mentoring young golfers. He was also well known for entertaining family and friends with his phenomenal cooking skills and he never lost a card game. His zest for living life to the fullest will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Those left to cherish Tyler’s memory are his father, Michael Giles (Nancy Jane), brother Brent Giles (Meagan) and niece Emma Giles, grandmother Mary Susan Giles, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceding him in death, with whom he is happily reunited, are his beloved mother Lisa Giles and grandparents Gene Giles and George and Joyce Showalter.
Tyler’s family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at Gilliam Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, VA. A graveside service will be held at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens on Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 11:00am. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave promptly at 10:30am to process to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Giles family.

Max Jerry Head

Max Jerry Head

May 8, 2022

Ewing, Va.-Max Jerry Head, 79, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at his home.
Jerry was born in Middlesboro, Ky., lived in Speers Ferry, Va., Big Stone Gap, Va. and had resided in Ewing for the past 20 years. Jerry was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Railroad Agent for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad., with 28 years of service. He loved woodworking and target practice. He was a member of First Christian Church in Appalachia, Va.
He was preceded in death by a son, Justin Head; parents, Phillip and Clara (Martin) Head; and two brothers, William Head and Phillip Head.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Betty Harper Head; one daughter, Saborah Stacy and husband, David, of Stonega, Va.; two grandchildren, Justina Whitmire and Lindsie Stacy; two great grandchildren; brother, James Head, Miami Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Jerry Head’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Yose Bledsoe

Carolyn Yose Bledsoe

May6, 2022

Chuckey, Tn./Big Stone Gap, Va.-Carolyn Yose Bledsoe, 75, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
She was born and raised in the Jasper Community of Duffield, Va. She lived in various locations, as her husband, Frank, changed employment. Carolyn was a RN at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center for several years. She had lived in Chuckey for the past 20 years. She was a member of the Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fall Branch, Tn.
Carolyn was such a blessing to many family members and friends, and will be greatly missed, but we rejoice in knowing she is with her Lord and Savior.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Scott Bledsoe; parents, Oscar and Edith (Scalf) Yose; a sister, Maggie Yose; and two infant brothers.
Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Frank Bledsoe; sons, Steven Ray Fisher (Brenda), Chuckey, Tn and Ewell Kenneth Fisher (Tracy), Jackson, Ala.; grandchildren, Jacob Sebastian Bledsoe (fiancé, Courtney), Steven Ray Fisher, Jr. (Marah), Kaleb Joseph Fisher and Brandon Allen Crandall; great grandchildren, Zayden Wills, Laykin Bledsoe and Matilda Fisher ; sisters, Patsy Reasor (Ralph), Dryden, Va., Saundra Smith (Dave), Blackwater, Va., Diana Kostas (Tim), Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Linda Yost, Gate City, Va. and Dema Blanken (David), Duffield, Va.; brother, Kinnie Yost, Dryden, Va. and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 7:00pm with the Rev. Rocky Johnson officiating.
Burial will be private in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Bledsoe family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Lucy May Jessee

Lucy May Jessee

May 5, 2022

Duffield, Va.-Lucy May Jessee, 83, of the Cliff Mountain community, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap.
She was a lifelong resident of Cliff Mountain. She loved gardening, quilting, crocheting, and especially spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duward Junior “Kelly” Jessee; daughter, Cleavia Marie Jessee; her parents, Roy and Phoebe (Fields) Baker; one brother, Houston Baker; one sister, Charlene Ramey; and two nephews, Andy Baker and Emory “Peanut” Ramey.
Surviving are her two daughters, Shiela Calton (Vernon), Kingsport, Tn. and Melissa McMurl, Duffield, Va.; grandchildren, Harley Colvin (James), Loren Colvin, Cecil Colvin (Nicole) and Alisha Sullivan (Steve); great grandchildren Colten Starnes, Wulfric Colvin, Torben Colvin and Addison Sullivan; brother, John Baker, Duffield, Va.; sisters, Wilma Middleton, Dryden, Va.; Estelle Miller (Jay), Kingsport, Tn. and Bernice Miller (Kelly), Duffield, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude for your prayers and to thank the staff of Lonesome Pine Hospital for their attentive care.
Mrs. Jessee requested cremation and a private service for the family will be at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Jessee family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Cherie Ann Russell Adams

Cherie Ann Russell Adams

May 3, 2022

Keokee, Va.-Cherie Ann Russell Adams, 45, born Aug. 9, 1976, went home to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. Cherie fought a long fight against pancreatic cancer.
She was a caring person and loved by all that knew her. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Russell; maternal grandparents, Audrey and Jack Spears; paternal grandparents, Velma and Earl Russell; aunt, Evelyn McCracken; and uncles, Howard Russell, Gene Russell and Douglas Russell, who all had lived in Keokee.
Surviving are her husband, Jeffrey Adams; daughter, Destiny Adams; son, Eirik Seymour, both of Keokee; mother, Carolyn Russell, Keokee; sisters, Cheryl Bradford (Steven), and Lesley Walters (Kevin), both of Keokee; Ashley Hill (Justin Shuler) of Pennington Gap, Va.; nieces and nephews, Alexis Russell, Hunter Bradford, Gabriel Bradford, Ashton Young, Halei Walters and Jacklyn Bradford, all of Keokee; mother-in-law, Cathy Stallard, Kingsport, Tn.; sister-in-law,Lisa Bowman of Kingsport and her children, Casie and Cameron Bowman.
Services and a Celebration of Life Dinner, to be determined at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Cherie Russell Adams’ family.

Kathleen “Kathy” Bishop,

Kathleen “Kathy” Bishop,

May 3, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Kathleen “Kathy” Bishop, 75, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
Born in Robbinsville, NC, she lived in Dayton, Oh. for several years and had resided in Big Stone Gap since 1969. She was a member of Robinette’s Chapel Church in Big Stone Gap. Kathy was a wonderful vocalist and devoted servant to the Lord. She loved to travel, especially with her sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Geneva (Keever) Ledbetter; and grandson, B. J. Whited.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Frank Bishop; two sons, Eric Bishop and Brian Bishop (Beth), both of Big Stone Gap; daughters, Dana Mullins, Big Stone Gap and Vickie Knell, Kingsport, Tn.; grandchildren, Jordan Gilly, Britan Gilly, Alyson Sturgill and Ryan Halverson; great grandchildren, Christian and Gemma; sisters, Clarene Watts, Troy, Oh. and Charlene Harmon, Corbin, Ky.; brother, Larry Ledbetter, New Carlisle, Oh.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Matthew Clark officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00am Saturday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:20am Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Kathy Bishop’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Sheila Mae Frank-Peterson

Sheila Mae Frank-Peterson

April 29, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Sheila Mae Frank-Peterson, 64, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Norton Community Hospital, Norton, Va.
Born and raised in Miami-Dade Co., Fla. and moved to Big Stone Gap in 1993. She worked for years at Advance Auto in Big Stone Gap. She and her husband, Mike, loved to fish.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Raymond Peterson.
Surviving are her sons, Chris Peterson (Tasha), Appalachia, Va. and Ray Peterson, Florida; step daughter, Ginny Wrobleski (Ron), Cape Canaveral, Fla.; grandchildren, Hannah Peterson, Jaci Peterson, Keegan Peterson, Brianna Peterson and Bruce Peterson; parents, William and Emily (Rose) Frank, Jr., Vancleave, Miss.; and sisters, Joy Frank-Maxwell (Bob), Ellerslie, Ga., Lori Bradford (Tim), Mississippi, and April Maxner (Jerry), Gautier, Miss.
Final arrangements will be private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Frank-Peterson family.

Betty Sue Harvey

Betty Sue Harvey

April 24, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Betty Sue Harvey, 68, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
She was presently working for Food City in Big Stone Gap. She was previously employed with All State Insurance in Gate City, Va. and Big Stone Gap, Va. Betty was of the Christian faith. She had a very infectious smile and a heart of gold.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva (Diets) Harvey; brother, William Lyndon Harvey, Sr.; and sister, Freda Mae Harvey.
Surviving are her daughter, Shasta Harvey, Big Stone Gap; grandson, Brandon Dixon; granddaughter, Kristen Dixon; great grandson, Kaiman Dixon; siblings, Jimmy Harvey, Seattle, Wash., Roy Harvey, Seattle, Wash., Gary Harvey (Marilyn), Big Stone Gap, Lois Harvey, Big Stone Gap, Fred Harvey (Theresa), Kingsport, Tn., Willis Harvey (Teresa Williams), Big Stone Gap, and Nancy Harvey, Big Stone Gap; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and Tom Williams officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00am Friday at American Legion Cemetery. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gilliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 886, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219, to assist with funeral expenses.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Betty Harvey’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ellen Powers

Mary Ellen Powers

April 22, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Ellen Powers, 90, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, Va.
She was a lifelong resident of the Big Stone Gap area. She worked at the former Big Stone Gap Sewing Factory. Mary was a member of the former Ayers Chapel Church, Big Stone Gap. She loved to read and crochet
She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. “Mutt” Powers; son, Mike Powers, daughter, Sandra Lawson; parents, Leonard and Hettie Perry; and siblings, Jimmy Perry, Sr., Billy Perry, Bobby Perry and Emma Jean Webb.
Surviving are her daughter, Denise Caldwell, Norton, Va.; grandchildren, Shawna Hicks (Vance), Jessee Caldwell (Alyssa Farmer), Andy Caldwell (Michelle Snyder) and Chris Powers (Melissa); great grandchildren, Logan Hicks, Tanner Hicks, Kaitlyn Lawson, Breanna Hensley, Allyson Caldwell and Bradley Caldwell; siblings, Ronnie Perry, Kingsport, Tn., Retha Williams (Estell), Abingdon, Va. and Shirley Kyle (Roy), Glade Springs, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are private and Mrs. Powers will be laid to rest in the Smith-Gilliam Cemetery in Wise, Va.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Powers’ family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.