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Arneda Mae Osborne

Arneda Mae Osborne

May 9, 2024

Blackwater, Va.-Arneda Mae Osborne, 83, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was a lifelong resident of Blackwater, Va. Arneda was a factory worker with Don Kenney in Dryden, Va. and Norris Industries in Duffield, Va. She was an Avon salesperson for years and enjoyed the friendships with her clients. She cleaned houses in the Jonesville, Va. area for several years. She was a home health aide with Helping Hands in the Tri-Cities area, and also worked for Mountain Empire Older Citizens. She loved sewing new clothes for her daughters and also sewing outfits for their Barbie dolls. She and her husband raised tobacco for many years. Arneda enjoyed yardwork, especially attending to her flowers. She loved storytelling. Holidays would find Arneda making candy, especially her family favorite peanut butter rolls and fudge. Her banana pudding was also a family favorite. She attended Flag Pond Church in Blackwater.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Osborne; son, Dale Osborne; and her parents, Thelma and Curtis Barnette.
Surviving are her daughters, Evelyn Osborne, Danville, Ky. and Joyce Chatham, Richmond, Va.; son, Shawn Osborne (Lisa), Blackwater, Va.; grandchildren, Julie Osborne, Amanda Mullins, John Osborne, Dale “Dale, Jr.” Osborne, Jr., Matthew Chatham, Michelle Chatham, Shane Osborne and Shawna Osborne; ten great grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Gaye Barnette, Blackwater, Va. and Ruth Rhoton, Hendersonville, Tn.; brother, Dwain Barnette (Nettie), Blackwater, Va.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00am on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the Flag Pond Cemetery, A. J. Osborne Hwy., Blackwater, Va., with Brother T. J. Hood officiating. A gathering for family and friends will follow at the Flag Pond Community Church.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Osborne family.
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Nancy Collier

Nancy Collier

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Nancy Collier, has gone on to her Heavenly Home. She was 81. Nancy was the heart and home of her family. She raised two children, Teddy and Anita, in a loving Christian home. She was known for her kind heart and generous spirit. Many referred to her as their Prayer Warrior.
She is preceded in death by: father James W. Thompson and mother-Bertha H. Thompson, sisters-Sue Newton (Fred), Ethel Stratton (Roger) and Shirley Benzinger (Dale).
She is survived by: daughter-Anita Collier, son-Teddy Collier, grandson-Christian Collier (Megan), great granddaughter-Anniston, sister-Nellie Honeycutt (Don), along with many special family and friends.
Reading her Bible, volunteering at the church she attended, Appalachia First Baptist Church, and cooking for her family and friends brought her much joy. Everyone that knew her, recognized Nancy’s love for Christ by the way she lived life.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held this Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Appalachia First Baptist Church, 401 Kilbourne Ave., Appalachia, Va. Visitation will be from 12:30pm-2:00pm with the service immediately following. A private family burial service will be at the Legion Memorial Cemetery. Nick Brewer and Robert Hill will officiate.
Pallbearers will be: Teddy Collier, Christian Collier, Joe Stratton, Alex Stratton, Randy Gabbert and Scottie Masters. Honorary pallbearers will be: Don Honeycutt, Ray Craft and Mike Honeycutt.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Collier family.
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Otis Doyle "Richard" Lane Jr

Otis Doyle "Richard" Lane Jr

April 26, 2024

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Otis Doyle “Richard” Lane, Jr., 77, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his family and close friends.
He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He proudly served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. He worked as coal miner with Westmoreland Coal Co., Holton Mine. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. Richard, as he was affectionately known, also worked as a carpenter, electrician and a farmer. He loved to hunt, fish and read Western novels. He was a Christian.
Richard was preceded in death by one son, Jack Steven Blanton, Jr.; grandson, Zachary Lane; parents, Otis D., Sr. and Margaret Geneva (Willis) Lane; and siblings, Buddy Lane and Geraldine Sproles.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Ethel Lane; children, Cheryl Burgio (Matteo), White Plains, NY; Richard Lane (Mistti), Big Stone Gap, Dennis Lane (Kim), Durham, NC, Jeremy Boggs, Keokee, Va. and Laura Logan (Shannon), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Steven Lane, Cassidy Lane, Lucy Bella, Nathan Blanton, Joshua Blanton and Gennesis Dean; great grandchildren, Gilbert Lane, Sawyer Lane and Ella Lane; one sister, Phyllis Reed, Kingsport, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff, family and friends for all their professional assistance, food, compassion and love during his extended illness.
The family will receive friends 10:00am – 11:00am Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, Va. Military rites, by local V.F.W. and D.A.V. posts and the Virginia Army National Guard Honors Team, will be held at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel. The celebration of his life will follow with Robbie Reece and Barry Reed officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Lane family.
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Elizabeth Ann Collins Lyttle

Elizabeth Ann Collins Lyttle

April 23, 2024

St. Charles, Va.-Elizabeth Ann Collins Lyttle, 60, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Lee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pennington Gap, Va.
She was a lifelong resident of St. Charles, Va. She loved being a homemaker and raising both vegetables and flowers. She was very involved in her daughters’ school activities. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Samuel Lyttle; her parents Carl David and Billie Jean (Collins) “Sissy” Lanningham; and one brother, Randall Webb.
Surviving are her daughters, Maranda Delph (Chris), Englis, Fla. and Asia Randolph (David), Duffield, Va.; grandchildren, Gunner Delph, Chandler Randolph, Brycen Delph and Nolan Delph; brothers, James Lanningham (Sue) and Pat Lanningham, both of St. Charles, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jeff Kirk, Big Stone Gap, Va.
Arrangements are private
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Lyttle family.
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Mary Susan Giles

Mary Susan Giles

April 20, 2024

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Susan Giles, 87, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap.
She was born in Millstone, Ky., the daughter of the late John and Susan (Adams) Long. She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap, where she and her husband Gene raised their children. She was very proud to work as a poll worker in Wise County for many elections throughout the years. Mary Susan loved playing the piano and having her children gather round to sing. She loved the arts and participated in local choirs. Mary Susan loved trivia, crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. She attended First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap.
Mary Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Bascom Eugene “Gene” Giles; grandson, Tyler Giles; daughter-in-law, Lisa Showalter Giles; and brothers, Daryl Long and Danny Long.
Surviving are her children, Michael Giles (Nancy); Sherry Giles Potter (Preston), Lisa Gaye Giles, John Giles (Pam), Jody Giles and Todd Giles (Tina); grandchildren, Melissa Potter Reifert (Josh), Chad Potter (Brittany), Brent Giles (Meagan), Mandy Giles Crowder (Will), Trevor Giles, Jordan Giles, Jace Giles and Bethany Giles; great grandchildren, Cade Potter, Camryn Potter, Emma Giles and Noah Giles; brother, Bill Long; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Rachel Breeding.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nursing and support staff of Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap for their loving care of their mother.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm Monday, April 22, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm with the Rev. Timothy Robinson officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:50am Tuesday to go in procession.
Members of Mary Susan’s family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, one may make contributions to the: Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, 671 Hwy 58E, Norton, VA 24273.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Giles family.
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Debra Lynne Carroll McConnell

Debra Lynne Carroll McConnell

April 18, 2024

Debra Lynne Carroll McConnell, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully at home on April 18, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. With deep sorrow and profound gratitude for her life, we announce her passing into eternal peace.
Debra was preceded in death by her father, Foriest Carroll, stepfather, Anderson Osborne, and stepson, Chris McConnell.
She leaves behind her husband, Mike McConnell; her mother, Etta Carroll Osborne; her daughters, Hannah Keith (Michael Keith), Nikki Nadelman (Brandon Nadelman), and Kati Litton (Landon Litton); stepson Brian McConnell (Jane McConnell); her precious Grandchildren, Brendon McConnell (Taylor McConnell), Jason McConnell (Jocelyn McConnell), Izaak Keith, Kaiden Keith, Aniston Litton, Jamason Nadelman, Sawyer Litton, Briggs Nadelman, and soon-to-be Noa Nadelman; her great-grandchildren, Millie and Owen McConnell; and her siblings Diane Morris (Dale Morris), Charlene Click (Everett Click), Brenda Bledsoe (Ray Bledsoe), Amy Davis (Jerry Davis), and Wayne Carroll (Gretta Carroll). She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nephews and nieces!
Debra was a devoted follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose faith guided her every step of the way. Her unwavering love for her family and her steadfast devotion to her faith were the cornerstones of her life.
In Heaven now, Debra is reunited with her heavenly Father, basking in His eternal love and grace. Her memory will forever be cherished by those who knew and loved her.
May her soul rest in peace, and may her legacy of love and faith continue to inspire all who were blessed to know her and her infectious smile.
Per her wishes, only graveside services will be held. Service will begin at 2pm at Bledsoe Cemetery on April 21st, 2024.
Pastor Bill Hughes will be officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the McConnell family.
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Melvin Burdette Dysart

Melvin Burdette Dysart

April 18, 2023

Melvin Burdette Dysart, 74, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Melvin was born on July 19, 1949 in Appalachia, VA & resided in Big Stone Gap, VA. He was an all-sports athlete at Appalachia High School who lettered in every sport & attended Milligan College on a football scholarship. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Shirlee (Whitt), his daughter “Punkin” Melissa, sisters Carol Turner, Beatrice (Walter) Hall, & Gloria (Bobby) Gillenwater, brother Matthew (Sabrina) Dysart, sisters-in-law Sandra Whitt, Jenni Collier, Sandy Dysart, & brother-in-law Buster (Sherry) Whitt. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, & other relatives. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice & “Doc” William Dysart, sisters Ella (Zirkle) Jenkins & Rachel Dysart, brothers Bill (Corley) Dysart, & Tommy Dysart.
Melvin enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, & the outdoors. He got the nickname Mean Man Melvin from his fierce competitive athletic days, but he was an extremely generous, kind, & loving man. He was truly loved & will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. with Lowell “Cotton” Gardner officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to an animal shelter/charity of your choice.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Dysart family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

John Henry Phillips Jr

John Henry Phillips Jr

April 16, 2024

Church Hill, Tn./Big Stone Gap, Va.-John Henry Phillips, Jr., 78, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Holston Valley Medical Center.
He was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Va. He was a retired coal miner for Westmoreland Coal Co. with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Full Gospel Church in Jesus Name.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tonya Cline; son, Marvin Phillips; parents, John H., Sr. and Martha Phillips; brother, Paul Phillips; sisters, Brenda Ramey, Judy Vaughn and Helen Craft.
Surviving are his wife, Alice Phillips; children, Jonathan Phillips (Alisha), Clinchport, Va., Terri Braden (Vijaya), Knoxville, Tn., Robin Mullins, Big Stone Gap, Va. and Kristin Redd (Terry), Johnson City, Tn.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Scott Phillips (Margaret), Francis Bobich, and Joyce Edwards (Johnny), all of Big Stone Gap, and Angie Phillips, Knoxville, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 2:00pm with Pastor Eddie Clifton officiating.
Burial will follow at the Kerns Family Cemetery, Cloud High Road, Duffield, Va.
Pallbearers will be: Jonathan Phillips, Terry Redd, Dillion Phillips, Clinton Salyers, Danny Baker and Nicholas Tanguay.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Phillips family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

Marie Clark

Marie Clark

April 12, 2024

Keokee, Va.-Marie Clark, 75, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Norton Community Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Wise and Lee County, Virginia. She loved to flower garden, especially red roses and sunflowers. She attended Keokee Free Pentecostal Church and also attended The Upper Room Church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Geneva (Gibson) Russell; two brothers, Gary Russell and Thomas Russell.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Jimmy Clark; two daughters, Amy Aistrop (Barry) of Keokee, and Jackie Scardo (Jimmy, Jr.) of Barnesville, Ga.; one son, Chris Clark (Carmella) of Keokee; three grandchildren, Mekenzie Herring (Aiden), Jacob Scardo and Logan Clark; one great grandson, Oliver Herring; two sisters, Patsy Harris of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Lois Richardson (Gary) of Keokee; one brother, Clayton Russell (Kim) of Kingsport, Tn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 12:00pm – 2:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Leonard Lane officiating.
Burial will follow at Powell Valley Cemetery, Dryden, Va.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Clark family.
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James R. Lavene

James R. Lavene

April 7, 2024

Big Stone Gap, Va./Eatontown, New Jersey-James R. Lavene, 56, passed away on April 7, 2024 in Big Stone Gap, Va.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the unexpected passing of Jimmy. Like his siblings Charlie, Kathy Lavene-Neidigh and Ruthie Lavene Paulus, they were all born and raised in Eatontown, NJ. Jimmy was a long time employee of Eatontown Department of Public Works and also a member of the Eatontown Fire Department. Jimmy graduated MRHS class of ’85.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Paula (Pennucci) Lavene.
In addition to his siblings, he leaves behind his wife, Sherry; and two sons, Justin and Kyle.
There are no funeral arrangements at this time. A graveside service will be held at a future date.
Rest in peace, Jimmy.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Lavene family.
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Danny Joseph Hawkins

Danny Joseph Hawkins

April 8, 2024

Pound, Va.-Danny Joseph Hawkins, 50, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following complications from a stroke.
He was born January 29, 1974 in Pound, Va., the son of the late Helen Hawkins Harriger and Daryl Mullins. Danny graduated from Clintwood High School and obtained an associate degree in criminal justice from Mountain Empire Community College. He then attended Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Academy to become a certified Law Enforcement Officer. Danny never wanted to leave the Southwest Virginia area. He was proud to serve and stay close to home so he could take care of his mother, Helen. Danny was a proud law enforcement officer with the Town of Pound Police Department for 15 years. Most of that was spent as the School Resource Officer at Pound High School and J. W. Adams Combined School. Danny loved working with and interacting with the students. He was a big kid at heart and was more a member of the student body than an enforcer of the rules.
In addition to his mother and father, Danny was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Oscar and Julia Moore Hawkins of Clintwood, Va.
Danny is survived by his wife of 24 years, Amanda Hawkins and their three children, Daniel Joseph, Kaitlyn Elizabeth and Mackenzie Danielle, all of Pound; two brothers, Tim Bolling of Lawton, Ok. and Duane Harriger of Riverdale, Mich.; a sister, Sofia Kahlid of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a niece, Courtney Bolling of Lawton, Ok.
The family will receive friends 1:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va.
At the request of Danny, cremation will follow the visitation.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Hawkins family.
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Jack Earl Fox

Jack Earl Fox

March 7, 2024

Big Stone Gap, Jack Earl Fox, 78, passed away peacefully at his home with loved ones by his side.
Jack was born in Oak Ridge, TN and has lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He retired from Norfolk-Southern Railroad Co. and then returned to work at Holston Defense as a train engineer. He proudly served in the Virginia Army National Guard. Jack loved to golf and tinker in his garage, where he could fix anything. He had a generous heart. Jack was a Christian.
Jack was preceded in death by his beloved son, Robbie Fox; his parents, Leon and Ruby (Anderson) Fox; brothers, David Fox and two infant brothers; and an infant sister.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Fox; his daughter, Leslie Mabe (Jerry), Wytheville, Va.; his son, Fred Fox (Jennifer), Big Stone Gap; grandchildren, Jacob Fox (Autumn) and Emma Fox; great grandchildren, Avery Wells, Carter Wells, Noelle Wells, Isaac Wells, Lucca Wells and Titus Wells; siblings, Bobby Fox, Plant City, Fla., Joe Fox and Danny Fox, both of Big Stone Gap, Carolyn Hall, Christiansburg, Va., Peggy Lance, Dayton, Ohio, Mary Nixon (Phillip), Coeburn, Va., Becky Smith (Lewis), Big Stone Gap and Kathy Fox, Appalachia, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 7:00pm Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 886, Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Wayne Thomas officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00am Friday at the American Legion Cemetery. The family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 10:45am.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Fox family.
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