Obituaries

The Blossom Box

Garrett and Beverly Lee, Owners

Kim Horner, Manager of the Blossom  Box

(276)-523-1112

Your loved one never leaves our care. We own and operate GFH Crematory, Inc in Big Stone Gap. We are the Exclusive Providers for Wise and Lee Co.

"Floral Arrangements"

Mary Ruth Ward's funeral will be live streamed

October 22, 2020 starting at 6:55pm. 

Samuel Eugene Hamilton

October 14, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Samuel Eugene Hamilton, 70, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center.
He was a native of Norton, Va. before moving to Big Stone Gap. He was employed by the Norton Sewage Plant. Sam loved to fish and work puzzle books. He was a Christian.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Samantha Ann Queen; his parents, Robert E. and Alpha Nora (Gardner) Hamilton; a sister, Frances Kesterson; and five brothers, Robert Hamilton, Garland Hamilton, Arnold Hamilton, Jessie Hamilton and Pete Hamilton.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Vanover Hamilton; daughter, Alpha Lee Hamilton, Big Stone Gap; four grandchildren; three step-children, David Vanover, Coeburn, Va., Joyce Mullins, St. Charles, Va. and Carol Vanover, Big Stone Gap; seven step-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Wright, Wise, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Roy Mickels, Wise, Va.
The Hamilton family would like to thank all the friends and family who help with the final expenses.
Services were private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Hamilton’s family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Judith Ann Maggard

October 22, 2020

Keokee, Va.-Judith Ann Maggard, 67, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and lived in Keokee for most of her life. She was a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Deloris (Evans) Hash; two brothers; and one sister.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Denny Maggard; sons, Denny Ray Maggard (Deona) and William Howard “Willie”Maggard, both of Keokee, Va.; two daughters, Karen Gailey, Keokee, Va. and Kelly Adkins (Tim), Roda, Va.; five grandsons, Anthony Maggard, Travis Snodgrass, Tommy Adkins, Brad Adkins and Cody Maggard; two great granddaughters, Aclynn Jane Snodgrass, Daisy Dawn Adkins and Grayson Adkins; two brothers, Terry Hash, Indianapolis, Ind. and Bobby Hash, Colorado; two sisters, Debbie Woods and Sandy Farley, Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Maggard family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Thelma Paulette Colvard

October 22. 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Thelma Paulette Colvard, 74, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn.
She lived in the Norton/Wise County, Virginia area for most of her life, and spent 15 years in Illinois. She was a sales associate with the former Magic Mart.
She was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Eugene Colvard; parents, Thomas and Pearl (Collins) Mefford; and a brother, Johnny Mefford.
Surviving are her husband, Russell R. “Turk” Colvard; son, Robert Colvard, of the home; one granddaughter, Alyssa Seals; sisters, Rose Carter, Wise, Va., Sue Bruner, California, Crystal Craft and Wanda Mefford, Norton, Va., and Trish Mefford, Clintwood, Va.; brothers, Gary Mefford, Ralph Mefford and Jack Mefford, Norton, Va., and Danny Mefford, Gate City, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted 1:00pm Sunday, October 25, 2020, at My Father’s Building, Spruce Street, Appalachia, Va. with Pastor Mike Stapleton officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Colvard family.

Please put deceased name in subject

William Foster Hall

October 20, 2020

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

North Augusta, SC/Big Stone Gap, VA - William Foster Hall passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on October 20, 2020 in Holt, Michigan. He was born on December 11, 1944 to Walter and Bertha Hall in Osaka, Virginia. Bill (or Bob as he was also known) graduated from Appalachia High School. In 1965, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn.
After moving to North Augusta, South Carolina, Bill worked for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 33 years as a crew leader. Bill was a hard worker who sacrificed to provide for his family. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: watching wildlife, seeing a beautiful sunset, hearing the flow of the river and relaxing at home. He will be greatly missed.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bertha Hall; and three sisters, Ruth Hall, Pebble Clark, and Joan Comprosky.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Williams Hall; daughter, Yevette (John) Dysart; grandsons, Harrison, Jonathan, Landon, and Colton Dysart; a sister, Lois Austin and a brother, Walter (Bea) Hall, Jr.
The family would like to thank McLaren Hospice as well as the Breslin Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan for their compassion and kindness during Bill’s illness.
The visitation and viewing will be Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, from 11:00am to noon at Gilliam Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held at 12:30pm Sunday, October 25, 2020, in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Road, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Hall family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Mary Ruth Ward

October 18, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Ruth Ward, 84, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at her home.
She was born and raised in Patrick County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ellis T. and Ruth (deHart) Smith. She moved from Martinsville, Va. to Big Stone Gap in 1976 and worked in the dietary department of Lonesome Pine Hospital. She was of Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Buddy” Ward; daughter, Teresa Anne Ward; sisters, Estelle Joyce and Daisy Turner; brother, Robert Smith; daughter-in-law, Kathy Ward; and son-in-law, Jay Dula.
Surviving are her sons, W. B. Ward, Madison Heights, Va., Keith Ward, Chris and wife Sabrina Ward, all of Big Stone Gap; daughter, Lisbet Dula, Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, John Ward, Misty Ward, Cody Ward (Alex) and Scott Ward; great grandchildren, Willoh and Prim Dietz; brother, Howard T. Smith, Stuart, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to MEOC and PACE for their special care, and to Mary Ann Tabor, who was Mrs. Ward’s personal care aide and friend.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Greg Townsend, minister and Dr. Lonnie Brooks officiating.
Graveside Committal services will be conducted at 11:00am on Friday, October 23, 2020. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession.
Pallbearers will be Keith Ward, Scott Ward, Cody Ward, Robert Hill, Joey Skeen, and Randy Gabbert.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Ward’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Please put deceased name in subject

Helen King Keel

October 11, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Helen King Keel, 61, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Norton Community Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Huey King, Jr. and Mary Madeline (Phillips) King; brother, Ted King, Sr.; and sister, Barbara King Phillips.
Surviving are her daughter, Miranda Thacker; two grandsons, Gage Sluss and Gunner Sluss; sisters, Caroline King Broach Whaley, Dorothy King Spears Ashley (Ray), Kathy Johnson and Anita King Mack (Tim); brother, Sam King (Ann); and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Wayne Hager officiating.
The graveside committal service will be conducted at 11:00am Friday in Glencoe Cemetery. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Gage Sluss, Gunner Sluss, Tim Mack, Robert Phillips, Anita Mack and Kathy Johnson.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Helen Keel’s family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Larry R. “Hoot” Gibson

October, 10, 2020

Exeter, Va.-Larry R. “Hoot” Gibson, 81, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at his home.
“Hoot,” as he was affectionately known, was a lifelong resident of Imboden and Exeter, Va. He was an avid golfer and retired from the Wise County Schools Maintenance Department.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Gibson; and his parents, James and Nell (Swecker) Gibson.
Surviving are his wife, Jenny Gibson; four sons, Chris Gibson (Adriene), Hank Gibson, and Troy Lee Gibson, all of Exeter, and Todd Gibson (Beverly) of Andover, Va.; two daughters, Cathy Ritchie of Northern Virginia, and Angie Parker of Exeter; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister Mary Ann Kern (Jim), Hopewell, Va.; Hoot’s best friend, Preston Hawkins of Utah; and a special family friend, Barbara Bolling. The family would like to thank all the friends who visited and a special thanks to his caregivers.
Services were private
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Gibson’s family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Jimmy Dwayne Collins

October 8, 2020

Appalachia VA / Chattanooga, TN-Jimmy Dwayne Collins, 47, passed away on October 8, 2020 at the home of his father in McCalla, AL.
Dwayne was a commercial electrician and had worked in the coal mines for 24 years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jackie Collins.
Surviving are his son, Brett Collins; daughter, Makayla Collins; grandchildren, Paxton Collins, Amara Cameron and Kian Collins; his father, Jimmy Collins; brothers, Shawn Collins, Tony Gollaway and Justin Nickles; sister, Teresa Gollaway; and niece, Karah Dingus.
The family will receive friends from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 4:00pm with the Rev. Roger Barker officiating.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00am on Monday at the American Legion Cemetery. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession to the cemetery.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Collins family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Charles R. “Chuck” Rutherford, Jr

October 5. 2020

St. Charles, Va.-Charles R. “Chuck” Rutherford, Jr., 54, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his residence.
He was born in Hammond, Ind. and lived most of his life in St. Charles, Va. He was a general handyman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles R. Rutherford, Sr.
Surviving are his four daughters, Linda Wilson (Wes), Jonesville, Va., Chasity Coomer (Randall) of Kentucky, Tammy Rutherford of Florida and Katrina Rutherford, Gray, Tenn.; two grandsons, Charles Wilson and Lucas Wilson; one granddaughter, Ava Rutherford; his mother, Linda Rutherford, East Stone Gap, Va.; two sisters, Belinda Gail Boggs (Joe), Kingsport, Tenn. and Rachel Marshall (Andrew), Jonesville, Va.; brother, Chris Rutherford (Megan), Big Stone Gap, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Joe Oaks.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced later by the family.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Rutherford’s family.
Email condolences to gilliamfh@gmail.com

Please put deceased name in subject

Warner Cleveland Thompson

October 4, 2020

Pennington Gap, Va.-Warner Cleveland Thompson, 82, passed away early on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.
Services were private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mr. Thompson’s family.

Please put deceased name in subject

Joe Victor Sklar

October 3, 2020

Andover, Va.-Joe Victor Sklar, 90, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at his home.
He was a handyman and loved woodworking. Joe served honorably for two years in the U. S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Katie (Walshok) Sklar.
Joe is survived by his sister, Frances McKinney (Delmar), Andover, Va.; niece, Carmela McCoglan, Big Stone Gap, Va.; nephew, Vic McKinney (Susie), Andover, Va.; great nieces, Katie and Megan; great nephew, Daniel; great-great niece, Gillian; and great-great nephew, Cooper.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. A graveside service will follow at Glencoe Cemetery with Cotton Gardner officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Joe Sklar’s family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Please put deceased name in subject

Nancy Cline Toney

October 1, 2020

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Nancy Cline Toney, 66, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn.
A lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, Nancy was a former employee of L. J. Horton Florist, Big Stone Gap and Norton Floral of Pennington Gap, Va. She was a wedding and events director for many years. Nancy worked as a Senior Claims Adjuster with Underwriters Safety and Claims in Big Stone Gap for twenty years. A member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she was a faithful choir member. She was a founding member of her Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Toney; father, George Cline; and an aunt, Ann Hunter.
Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Joseph “Joe” Toney; son, Adam Toney and wife, Miranda of Appalachia, Va.; her mother, Betty Cline of Big Stone Gap, Va.; her granddaughter, Addison Toney; brother, Gary Cline and wife, Connie of Boulder, Co.; sister, Jane Higgins and husband, George of Lexington, Ky.; stepdaughter, Dawn M. Toney; and a God daughter, Erin Grace Hagan of Big Stone Gap.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2:00pm Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 at Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel, 618 Wood Avenue, W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Robert Burlingham and Rev. Ronnie Mutter officiating.
Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.
The burial will follow at Glencoe Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Andy Robbins, Wes Polly,
Wesley Polly, II, Jessee Hagan, Gary Hall, Dennis Ashley, Brian Smith and Houston Thacker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 203 E. 1st St., S., Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219, for either the Kelly Toney Garden Fund or the church’s choir.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Toney family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Please put deceased name in subject

© Copyright 2019 Gilliam Funeral Home, Inc.

Email