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Robert Swann

Robert Swann

July 27, 2021

Wise VA - Robert Swann passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Heritage Hall, Wise. Arrangements are private. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Swann familyu

Steven C. Gardner

Steven C. Gardner

July, 25, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Steven C. Gardner, 52, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Johnson City (Tn.) Medical Center.
He was a Union High School teacher, assistant football coach, head wrestling coach, and a former softball, baseball track and basketball coach, throughout Wise County and Lee County. Steve also drove a school bus.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Richard E. and Beulah Gardner; maternal grandparents, Carroll and Elsie Roberts; and mother-in-law, Frankie Thompson.
Surviving are his wife, Tina Thompson Gardner; sons, Zachary Gardner and Kalen Gardner, both of Big Stone Gap; his parents, William “W. P.” Gardner and Sue (Ulbrich) Gardner; brother, Mark Gardner, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and his canine companion, Elli.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in the Union High School Auditorium. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Emil Schenck and Aaron Crabtree officiating.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required to enter the high school.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Gardner family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Francis Anthony Dieli

Francis Anthony Dieli

July 19, 2021

Appalachia, Va.-Francis Anthony Dieli, 77, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at his home.
Mr. Dieli served in the U. S. Armed Forces.
Arrangements are private and Mr. Dieli will be interred at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, Tn.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Elizabeth (Yeary) Fleenor,

Betty Elizabeth (Yeary) Fleenor,

July 22, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Betty Elizabeth (Yeary) Fleenor, 95, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at her home.
She was devoted to and loved her family. Betty was of Baptist faith.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Fleenor; and her parents, App and Mattie (Collins) Yeary.
Surviving are her children, Jim Fleenor, Linda Fleenor and Michael Fleenor (Darlene); seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; sister, Stella Flores, Baltimore, MD; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Magdalene Stipe.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm on Saturday with Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday at the Fleenor Family Cemetery in Woodway, Va. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 1:15pm on Sunday to go in procession.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fleenor family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Diana K. Duncan

Diana K. Duncan

July 17, 2021

Appalachia - Diana K. Duncan passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Lonesome Pine Hospital. Arrangements are private. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Duncan Family.

Kathy Ann Boltz Kelly

Kathy Ann Boltz Kelly

July 19, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Kathy Ann Boltz Kelly, 65, was carried victoriously through Heaven’s gates on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Kathy was a lifelong servant to others as a nurse at both Lonesome Pine Hospital and Wallen’s Ridge State Prison. Kathy loved life and spent hers emanating joy, laughter and mountain-moving faith. She took pride in caring and loving others, expecially her family and grand babies. Kathy’s favorite role was being her baby’s “MoMo.” She will be forever missed as she was treasured by all who came to know her.
Kathy was preceded in death by her infant son, Mark Allen Kelly and ex-husband, Glenn; her parents, Franklin and Kay Boltz; her brothers, Sammy and Franklin Boltz, Jr.; and her sisters, Wilma Jean King, Virginia “Jenny” Hall, and her sister and best friend, Rose June Harvey.
Kathy is survived by her sons, Chris Kelly, and Brian Kelly (his children, Hannah and Camren); daughter and son-in-law, BreAnna Kelly Caudill and Christian Caudill. Also surviving are the joys of her life, her babies, Blakely Kate and Oakley Brel Caudill; her nephews, Jason Harvey (wife, Olivia) and Gary Harvey, Jr. (wife, Melissa, daughter, Garbrielle); and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to extend thanks to Wallen’s Ridge State Prison for their generosity to our family, and the wonderful staff at both Lonesome Pine Hospital and Pikeville Medical Center and for every person who has extended a hand of help to Chris in this time.
The family will receive friends 11:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap.
A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00pm with Jason Harvey speaking.
Graveside services will be private at Glencoe Cemetery.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Kelly family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Sandra Faye Lawson

Sandra Faye Lawson

July 18, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Sandra Faye Lawson, 70, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at her residence.
She was a graduate of J.J. Kelly High School and attended Williams Chapel Church.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley “Biscuit” Lawson; father, James Powers and brother, Mike Powers.
Surviving are her long-time companion, Tim Bellamy; daughter, Lisa Light of Big Stone Gap, VA.; mother, Mary Ellen Powers of Wise, VA; sister, Denise Caldwell, Norton, Va; uncle, Ronnie Perry; aunts, Retha Williams (Estell) and Shirley Kyle (Roy) and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be will be held at 7:00pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Williams Chapel, AME Zion Church (414 3rd Ave) with Rev. Sandra Jones Officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Sandra Lawson.

Earl Smith

Earl Smith

July 10, 2021

Keokee, Va.-Earl Smith, 76, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his residence.
He worked for Cleco Construction Co. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Keokee.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Annis Ruth Smith.
Surviving are his wife, Romona Smith; two daughters, Cassandra Hutchins (Fred), Jonesville, Va., and Celeste Marsee (Todd), Dryden, Va.; two sons, Earl Caleb Smith (Mary), Stickleyville, Va. and Nathanial Phillip Smith (Amber), Pennington Gap, Va.; step daughter, Chasity Raimey (David), High Point, NC; one step son, Richie Morris, Appalachia, Va.; 19 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; sisters, Reba Snyder, Knoxville, Tn. and Lois Mason (Zach), Morristown, Tn.; brothers, Al Garrett and Marty Garrett, both of Kyles Ford, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted at 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at the Keokee Cemetery, S.R. 606, Keokee, Va. with Pastor Bill Hughes officiating. The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 11:50am on Tuesday.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Smith family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Palmer

Jerry Palmer

July 9, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Jerry Palmer, 73, went home after a long and courageous battle with scleroderma, pulmonary lung disease.
Jerry was born in Coeburn, Va. on March 2, 1948 to the late Charlie and Colista (Dotson) Palmer. He was a 1965 graduate of Coeburn High School. He retired from the Norfolk-Southern Corporation. Jerry was an active member of the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church for over 40 years.
In Jerry’s own words, “It is well with my soul.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Earl Palmer; infant daughter, Jill Kolista Palmer; sister, Opal Whittaker; and brothers, Johnny, Bernard and Milas Palmer.
Jerry is survived by his high school sweetheart, Brenda Herron Palmer; a beloved son and his wife, Dr. Jerry Kenny Palmer and Dr. Melinda Moore Palmer; sister, Joyce Gillenwater (Jack), Kingsport, Tn.; brother, Carlos “Tojo” Palmer, Dalton, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Brenda Kennedy Palmer and Faye Palmer Poff; extended family, neighbors, friends and church family.
Arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or charity on one’s choice, P.A.W.S., P. O. Box 576, Coeburn, Va. 24230, or the Wise County Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 570, Wise, Va. 24293.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Palmer family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

James Albert Shafer

James Albert Shafer

July 2, 2021

Damascus, Va.-James Albert Shafer, Jr., 84, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021, at Lee County Community Hospital, Pennington Gap, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Stella Virginia (Ferguson) Shafer; sister, Mary Shafer Henry; and brother, Marshall Shafer.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Putnam) Shafer and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was a man of varied talents and skills. His computer skills were unmatched, successfully owning and operating Alvarado Computer Services for many years. He was an excellent carpenter, building top quality cabinetry within his home. He was an accomplished photographer, always looking for the “best shot, angle, and lighting”. He was also an accomplished musician, playing bluegrass on his fiddle and volunteering as a musical engraver for orchestral pieces years ago when it was considered a true art and skill set.
But, most importantly, Jim was a deeply spiritual man, dedicating his life to his God, Jehovah, at the tender age of 7. He lived up to that dedication every day of his life. Jim served as an elder in several different congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 60 years. He helped many people experience the same happiness that comes with true spirituality as he had enjoyed (Matthew 5:3). He also worked extra to support his wife in her volunteer Bible education work, which has been her lifelong passion.
Because of his appreciation and love of God’s Word and the principles therein, he had not just a successful, but very happy marriage to the love of his life, Shirley, for almost 59 years. Jim leaves behind an outstanding example of love, loyalty, and faith.
A Zoom Memorial service is being planned for Monday, August 2, 2021. Please contact family and/or friends for the details.
As the preaching of “the good news of God’s Kingdom” was Jim’s first and foremost focus in life, he expressed his wish for any memorial donations to be made to: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc, ATTN: Accounting, 900 Red Mills Road, Wallkill, NY 12589-5200. Or, an electronic donation can be made at www.JW.org.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Shafer’s family.

Michael H. “Mike” Clark

Michael H. “Mike” Clark

July 6, 2021

Appalachia, Va.-Michael H. “Mike” Clark, born Sept. 2, 1953, passed peacefully on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, after an extended illness. He gained his wings and is now with his Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sarah (Sturgill) Clark; and a sister, Mary Bolling.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Laws Clark; son, Michael Clark; granddaughter, Ariel Clark; grandsons, Brandon and Evan Hall; brothers, Randy Clark and Chuck Sturgill; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, Va. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 6:00pm in the chapel with Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Christian Church, Appalachia, at 4202 Powell Valley Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Clark family.

James “Eddie” Wilder

James “Eddie” Wilder

June 29, 2021

James “Eddie” Wilder, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Eddie was a devoted Christian and loved the Lord with all of his heart and soul. He was a devoted husband, father and papaw and was loved by everyone who knew him. He served his country in the United States Air Force and had retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 39 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Wilder, Jr.; his mother, Verda Wilder and his daughter, Melissa “Missy” Wilder Brall.
Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Brenda Wilder; his daughter, Terina Craft & son-in-law Sandy Craft; his two grandsons, Preston Wade and Tanner Clark; his brothers, Doug Wilder (Shirley) of Jonesville, VA and Bill Wilder (Judy) of Keokee, VA; his sister, Joan Trollinger of Big Stone Gap, VA and several nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Special thank you to each and every one who prayed for him and the family and for the visits and kind words.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, VA. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm with Rev. Johnny Flanary and Bro. Matthew Clark officiating. Christy Schenck, Sandy Flanary and Billy Howard Lawson will be ministering in song.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 1:00pm in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA. Johnny Chandler, Sandy Craft, Eugene “Pinky” Smith, Jackie Christian, Joe Herron, Coleman Gentry, Larry Flanary and Emil Schenck will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center, 671 Hwy 58 E., Norton, VA 24273, Robinette Chapel Church, c/o Wayne Wilson, 1727 Egan Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, and to First Apostolic Faith Church, 403 Callahan Ave., Appalachia, VA 24216.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Wilder family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.