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Randall Lee Smith

Randall Lee Smith

January 24, 2023

Derby, Va.-Randall Lee Smith, 71, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, unexpectedly at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of the Derby community. He was a retired coal miner with Powell Mountain Coal and a member of the U.M.W.A. He loved spending time at the cabin that he and his son-in-law, John, built. He loved hunting and fishing. He was of Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Ann (Honaker) Smith; and his parents, Arthur Creed Smith and Novenia (Qualls) Smith.
Surviving are his daughter, Novenia Elizabeth Hook (John), Jonesborough, Tn.; son, Randall Lee Smith, Jr. (Bernice), Surgoinsville, Tn.; two grandchildren, Brie Hook and Elizabeth Gentry; four great grandchildren, Benjamin Brodie, Evie Brodie, Trey Gentry and Britteny Gentry; brothers, A. C. Smith (Wilma), Marion, NC, Martin Smith (Libby), Kingsport, Tn. and Lewis Smith (Becky), Big Stone Gap, Va.; sister, Ann Houston (Sonny), Big Stone Gap, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 1:00pm Friday, January 27, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 1:00pm with the Rev. Phillip Earnis officiating.
Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Smith family.

Roy H. Rogers

Roy H. Rogers

January 23, 2023

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Roy H. Rogers, 66, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Roy was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He had most recently worked as a commercial representative for Advance Auto Parts, Gate City, Va. Roy began his career working with his father and brother, Bill at Rogers Gulf in Big Stone Gap, working with the family for 25 years. He played bass and acoustic guitar in numerous area bands, that included many different genres. Roy also played in the house band at the VA/KY Opry in Norton, Va. for five years. He enjoyed running the sound board for Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap, during Sunday services and special events, and would join in with his guitar whenever needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. “Bill” and Margaret (Johnson) Rogers; and a brother, Donnie Rogers.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Becky (Davis) Rogers; son, Travis Anthony Rogers, Maryville, Tn.; siblings, Bill Rogers (Donna), Big Stone Gap, Irene Gullion (Larry), Kingsport, Tn., Leonard Rogers, Big Stone Gap, Janice Mohn, Kingsport, Brenda Hall (Gene), Kingsport, Cindy Watkins, Big Stone Gap, and David Rogers (Kathy), Leesville, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy’s wishes were for cremation and no services to be held. Please celebrate his life in your own way.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rogers family.

Pauline Holton Wingate

Pauline Holton Wingate

January 21, 2023

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.;” “Her children arise up and call her blessed…”-Proverbs 31: 10, 28

Pennington Gap, Va.-Pauline Holton Wingate went to rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the age of 97. She was a resident at Lee Health and Rehab in Pennington Gap, where she passed.
She was born in Fort Barnwell, NC on July 24, 1925, to the late Isaac L. Holton and Jack Ann Jones Holton.
She was a member of Living Waters Christian Fellowship in Chesapeake, Va., where she faithfully attended church until her later years. She spent later years with her daughter and son-in-law in Lee County, Va.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 74 years, Sherman S. Wingate, Sr.; and her oldest son, Sherman S. Wingate, Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are: daughters, Annette Johnson (Bruce) of Pennington Gap and Paula Klender (Jim) of Bryan, OH; sons, Isaac Wingate (Sharon) and Ken Wingate (Judy), both of Portsmouth, Va.
She will be missed by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as her nieces, nephews and many friends, all of whom she dearly loved.
Many thanks to the staff of Lee Health and Rehab for their kindness and care during her stay.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am – 11:30am on Thursday, January, 26, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will begin at 11:30am with Rev. Billy McDonald and Rev. Bruce Johnson officiating.
Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens, Woodway, Va.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Victory Freewill Baptist Church, Jonesville, Va., will provide family and friends with a meal after the committal service.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Wingate family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Michael Lee Norris

Michael Lee Norris

January 18, 2023

Pennington Gap, Va.-Michael Lee Norris, 63, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the home of his daughter, following an extended illness.
He was born in Nebraska and had lived in Southwest Virginia since 2001. He proudly served in the U. S. Marines. He loved and adored his granddaughters and his dog, “Echo.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Norris.
Surviving are his daughter, Sarah Gibson (Kristopher), Pennington Gap, Va.; two granddaughters, Lily and Niah; mother, Carrol Norris, Colorado; brother, Jeff Norris, California; sister, Michelle Yeager, North Carolina; and four nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Norris’ family.

Yolanda Barnette

Yolanda Barnette

January 17, 2023

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Yolanda Barnette, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, after a long illness.
She was born in Roda, Va., a daughter of the late Willie and Lillie Cooper.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Glenn Allen Barnette; brothers, Bob Cooper and Ben Cooper; sister, Patricia Cooper; and father-in-law, John Barnette.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Coy Barnette; her son, Bobby Barnette (Debra); daughter, Stephanie Ruth Barnette; grandsons, Brodie and Jonathon; granddaughter, Lauren; sisters, Emma Lou Henley, Tabitha Aliene Parrish, Charlotte Cooper, Glenda Blanton, Treva Jewel Carroll (Bob), and Debbie Hampton (Lynn); brother, Jerry Cooper (Nancy); many special nieces and nephews; mother-in-law,, Mary Jane Barnette; sisters-in-law, Beulah Cooper and Brenda Sue Sturgill (Larry); and brothers-in-law, Roy Barnette and Charles Barnette (Darlene).
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va.
A service will be held 12:00pm on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Dr. Bob Carroll officiating. She will be laid to rest in the cemetery following the service. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 11:20am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barnette family.
To view the obituary and condolences online, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

William (Bill) J. Hendrick

William (Bill) J. Hendrick

January 14, 2022

BIG STONE GAP, VA – William (Bill) J. Hendrick, 94, loving husband, father and friend, passed away, Saturday, January 14, 2023. A gentle soul with a larger than life sense of humor and personality, he left behind a legacy of professional and community service.
Born August 26, 1928, a native of Norton, Virginia, son of the late J.W. and Ethel Hendrick. He is proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Reid DeVault.
Graduating in 1947 from Norton High School, Bill attended Lynchburg College and the University of Kentucky until 1951 when he enlisted as a journalist in the Air Force during the Korean War. While stationed at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, he accompanied visiting dignitaries to report on rebuilding war-torn Europe. After completing his military tour, Bill returned to the University of Kentucky (UK) to earn his bachelor’s degree in Journalism. In 1974, he was awarded the highest honor by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel, for contributions to the community, state or nation, and for special achievements of all kinds. His love for UK was a big part of his life and was a topic of much banter with his many friends.
Returning to Norton, he began his career with The Coalfield Progress until 1967 when he assumed the position of Editor of The POST and manager of Wise Printing Company. He transplanted his family to Big Stone Gap soon after and realized he never wanted to live anywhere else. Active for many years in The Virginia Press Association, Hendrick received recognition during his 1981 Presidency as having one of the most productive years of the organization.
After his retirement from The POST in 1989, Bill served as the Public Relations Director at St. Mary’s Hospital, Norton, Virginia for 11 years, where he cultivated many lifelong friendships and lasting memories.
Bill served on the Big Stone Gap Town Council for eight years, two of them as Mayor. He was instrumental in the development of Big Stone Gap’s GreenBelt, and because of his forward thinking the trail is a vital part of the community enjoyed by many. In addition, he was past president of the Big Stone Gap, Gap Corporation, and later recognized as Citizen of the Year.
Bill was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a member at Trinity United Methodist Church since 1968. He served as a member of the Norton and Big Stone Gap Kiwanis Clubs, served on the Norton City and Wise County Planning Commissions, and was past president of Norton Community Hospital. Bill was a lifelong member of Lonesome Pine Country Club and served as secretary for many years. He had a love of golf, especially for LPCC golf course where he spent a numerous amount of time and made many joyful memories.
His impact on the Big Stone Gap community continues today as he positively influenced all those employed at The Post, as well as his faithful readers that loved his many stories through his “By The Way” and “The Janitor” columns. Because of Bill’s love of local history, many old photos have been donated to the Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center. The history of Big Stone Gap is shown in these pictures and preserved for future generations.
Bill never met a stranger and always made those he met smile. He lived by the saying, ‘If you can’t say anything good about a person, then don’t say anything.’ He had a positive impact on people that encountered “Mr. Bill.”
Bill leaves his four daughters, Rebecca Duncan of Orlando, Florida, Diane (Jerry) Marks of Lebanon, Ohio, Jamie Hendrick of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Paige Crafton (Chris) of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, and honorary son, Tim Trent of Lynchburg, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey (Tammy) Duncan, Len (Jeff) Woodrough, Megan (Hans) Wagner, Bethany (Kyle) Rogers, Jaren Kegley, Taylor Crafton and Zakary Crafton; and honorary granddaughter Kathryn Trent; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; four nieces and nephews, all to cherish his memory and legacy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gerry Sproles, Bill Cole, Mike Allen, Tim Trent, Jerry Marks, Chris Crafton, Jeffrey Duncan, Jaren Kegley, Zak Crafton, Hans Wagner and Kyle Rogers.
Special thanks to the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, to the Veteran’s Affairs (Norton, VA) and caregivers for their untiring dedication and friendship.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023, and from 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 203 E. First Street, S., Big Stone Gap. A Celebration of Life with the Rev. Tim Robinson officiating will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 203 E. First Street, S., Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219 or to Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, Patient Care, 671 Hwy 58E, Norton, Va. 24273.
To view obituary online or offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.
Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Hendrick family.

Martha Ruth Rider

Martha Ruth Rider

January 11, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Martha Ruth Rider, 79, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Norton Community Hospital.
She was a native of Ohio, lived in Texas for several years and had resided in Big Stone Gap since 2006. She was an In-Home C.N.A. for most of her career. She loved writing and collecting family photos. She was a member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. Rider; daughter, Cheryl Wearsch; and several siblings.
Surviving are her children, Marty Eubanks (Tim), Big Stone Gap, Tom Rider and Dawn Ashby (Jim), both of Loraine, Oh. and Ray Wearsch, Texas City, Tx.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial graveside service will be held 11:00am on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Glencoe Cemetery with Pastor Alan Collier officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Rider family.

Dorothy Jewel “Dottie” Shuler

Dorothy Jewel “Dottie” Shuler

January 5, 2023

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Dorothy Jewel “Dottie” Shuler, 75, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Wise County, Va. She volunteered as a Pink Lady for the Lonesome Pine Hospital Auxiliary. She loved participating in local fashion shows and loved dogs. She had a contagious smile and kind heart. She was a member of First Christian Church in Big Stone Gap, where she enjoyed worshipping and fellowshipping with her church family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Tip Rogers and Beulah Dean (Stines) Rogers; sister, Nadine Rogers; brother, William H. “Bill” Rogers, Sr.; and a great niece, Wendy Michelle Carroll Blanken.
Surviving are her husband, Richard Leo Shuler; nephew, William H. “Butch” Rogers, Jr.; nieces, Sherry Rogers Lemberg and Christina Rogers Roop (Jake); sister-in-law, Mary Lee Rogers; and many other nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 4:00pm -6:00pm Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 6:00pm with Greg Townsend, Minister, officiating.
Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Riverview Cemetery in East Stone Gap, Va. The family and friends will meet by 1:30pm at the funeral home to go in procession.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Shuler family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Wallace Clay Gilliam

Wallace Clay Gilliam

January 3, 2022

Wise, Va.-Wallace Clay Gilliam, 71, a lifelong resident of Wise, VA, passed on at Johnson City Medical Center on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
Wallace Clay “Pete” loved to read the Bible and tell stories from his youth and his days in the US Army to anyone that would listen. Especially to his children and grandchildren. He was a retired coal miner and, along with his wife, owned, Video World video stores. He was an avid lover of the outdoors as he loved to farm, garden and take care of animals. His kind soul touched many hearts. He will be truly missed by his family, friends and community.
Wallace is survived in death by his beautiful and loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Gilliam; his daughters, Brandi Wells (Mark) of Kingsport, TN and Jessica Gilliam of Wise, VA; his sisters, Freida Harris (John) of Coeburn, VA, Kay Buchanan (Jimmy) of Elizabethton, TN and Judy Glenn of Wildwood, FL; his brother, Wendell Adkins (Joyce) of Wise, VA; and his two grandchildren, Olivia Marie Wells and Tyler Clay Shelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harmon Hampton Gilliam and Florence Etta Powers Gilliam; his sister, Sarah Ruth “Boone” Gilliam Prichard; and his brothers, Steve Gilliam, Elmer Gilliam, Arthur Nile Gilliam and Bill Adkins.
Wallace will be laid to rest at his family cemetery in Pound, VA. His Celebration of Life will be held at Bethel Chapel in Wise, VA, Friday, January 13, 2022 at 6:00pm. Please send all condolences to Wallace Gilliam P.O. Box 3254, Wise, VA 24293.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve “Pete” Gilliam’s family.

Terry Lynn Dickenson

Terry Lynn Dickenson

January 3, 2023

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Terry Lynn Dickenson, 60, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Pikeville (Ky.) Medical Center.
He was a former mechanic for Penn Va. Resources and Southern Well Services. Also, he worked for Enervest Oil and Gas, based in Texas. Terry was a farmer and beef producer, practically his whole life. He loved target shooting. Terry attended East Stone Gap United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Junior and Ruby (Bledsoe) Dickenson; uncles, Cecil Dickenson and Alfred Dickenson, John Bledsoe, and James Bledsoe; and aunts, Helen Maness and Grace Dickenson Roach.
Surviving are his wife, Kelly Dickenson; brother, Steven Dickenson (Laura), Big Stone Gap; nephew, David Dickenson (Alyssa); great nephew, John Dickenson; mother and father-in-law, Joe Evans and Judy Bowden; and his canine companion, “Bill.”
Graveside services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, January 6, 2023, at the Dickenson Family Cemetery, Maples Gap Road, Big Stone Gap, with Rev. James Holcomb officiating.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Dickenson family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Ethel Irene Burke

Ethel Irene Burke

December 27, 2022

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Ethel Irene Burke, 99, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.
She was born in Imboden, Va., a former resident of Roda, Va. and had lived in Big Stone Gap since 1984. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed being a homemaker and loved flower gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Burke, Sr.; son, Shelton Eugene Burke; grandson, Derek Burke; and six sisters and four brothers.
Surviving are two daughters, Jane B. Carper (Sanford “Bo”), Covington, Va. and Reka D. Williams (Bob), Greenwood, SC; two sons, James Burke, Jr. (Deborah), Big Stone Gap and Jerry E. Burke (Juanita), Lincoln Park, Mich.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Mary Elizabeth Bundy of Georgia; three brothers, Frank E. Brickey, David H. Brickey and F. Jackson Brickey, all of Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 2:00pm with Gary Sexton officiating.
Burial will follow at Glencoe Cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Burke family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Jessie Carroll Cantrell

Jessie Carroll Cantrell

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Jessie Carroll Cantrell, 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
She was born in Pound, Va. She was a member of First Christian Church, Big Stone Gap, the ladies’ auxiliary at Indian Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Pound, Va. and a member of the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Eugene Cantrell; parents, Benjamin and Virgie (Cantrell) Mullins; and also, four brothers and five sisters.
Surviving are her son, Greg “Orby” Cantrell and wife, Patti; granddaughter, Alison Cantrell Fleenor; great granddaughter, Laurel Fleenor, all of Big Stone Gap; sister, Mary Collier, Norton, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 1:00pm Friday, December 30, 2022, at First Christian Church, 640 Wood Avenue, E., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 1:00pm with Greg Townsend, Minister, officiating.
Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
The family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Cantrell family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

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